Doing Academia Differently
2016 (English)In: 21st Century Feminist Praxes, Ontologies and Materialities Conference: Program and Abstract Book, Central European University , 2016Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
The starting point for this paper is Rosi Braidotti’squestion of “what a body can do and how much a body can take” (2006, p. 129). The paper addresses questions of affectivity, vulnerability, resilience and resistance of the diseased/sick/(dis)abled/depressed body and brings these questions to my/our own backyard: the context of today’s neoliberal, “knowmadic” academia. There seems to be a growing, albeit little-researched and rarely expressed officially, concern about mental health issues being on the rise among academics (see: e.g. Shaw and Ward 2014). I’dlike to pose the following question: what kind of cognitive production, what thought paradigms, knowledges and praxes do sick –depressed, anxious, burned-out –bodies create? Relying on David Harvey’s comment that under capitalism sickness is defined as inability to work (2001, p.106), I wish to search for alternative logics in which, perhaps, “feeling bad might, in fact, be the ground for transformation” (Cvetkovich 2012, p. 3.). That is not to idealize sickness but rather to point to the intertwined nature of the relation between the embodiment and theory, and the body of a researcher and their work (a body of work; institutionalbodies; the sick body...) and look into the productive unproductivity of the “not feeling well”.
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Central European University , 2016.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-131308OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-131308DiVA: diva2:970481
21st Century Feminist Praxes, Ontologies and Materialities Conference, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, May 13-14, 2016