The Change Blog

Guest Blog for ‘Let’s Talk Academia’ – ‘What does it take to leave academia?’

I've a guest blog post out today. It's a little meditation on the privileges it takes to have a happy exit from academia. As well as on the precarities that lead you to the exit, and that might await beyond.You can check the link here:https://letstalkacademia.blogspot.com/2019/04/what-does-it-take-to-leave-academia.htmlI think it does end happily for me. No looking back…

Why we need to take sides when it comes to women’s rights

As I work towards marking my final batch of essays, I've been reflecting on what a 'Politics' education means. What a Politics education could be for.As a feminist researcher, one of my bugbears is the ongoing obsession with avoiding 'bias' - or 'impartiality' as a default benchmark of good writing.Why is this not a benchmark…

What and who is International Women’s Day for?

E.g. of memes circulating  women’s human rights are not just a once a year event.My initial plan for a blog to mark International Women’s Day was to write about feminist learning - and that post is still coming - but today’s online activity around International Women’s Day pushed me to write something thinking more closely…

World Book Day. A little reflection on (not) seeing yourself in what your read.

A (bit of) a life in books....Today was World Book Day. Like many mums (and it is still mainly mums that do this work), I cobbled together a costume. Actually, my daughter decided she would be Ginny Weasly from Harry Potter. *High five*The ease of this morning was in stark contrast to last year when…

First generation feminist? auto-ethnographic reflections on politicisation & finding a home with feminism

On the 30th January 2019, I presented a talk entitled 'First Generation feminist? auto-ethnographic reflections on politicisation & finding a home with feminism' at the Strathclyde University Feminist Research Network Seminar Series. I was delighted to have been asked to give the talk, and for the opportunity to show a different side of my research and…