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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:

I think it does end happily for me. No looking back :)

Recent posts

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 of good research for me?

As we feminists know, there is no such thing as 'objective' or 'unbiased' research.

Feminism 101.

Everyone who designs and conducts and analyses research is coming to that with a whole host of structural and personal advantages or disadvantages that shape how an event is interpreted and re-represented.

In my experience, continuing to argue for 'objectivity', serves as a mask for 'blindness' - particularly to inequalities; it results in gender blindness and a blindness to structural inequalities.

This matters in and out of the classroom.

I've found that explaining to studen…

What and who is International Women’s Day for?

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 about what this day is for, and who it is for.
Women’s human rights have been the focus of my research for 15 years now. My work on women’s human rights has always focussed on women’s own everyday engagements with their rights - and the barriers to access they face. These are complex and varied, and can only be understood using an intersectional lens. 
Essentially, I’ve always been fascinated as to how we make sense of international standards and priorities in dealing with our own experiences of inequality, marginalisation and discrimination. The ways in which we come to know and then understand our rights are always contextually bound. 
One way to get to know about women’s rights is through social media. Hashtags link - many, not all - of us toget…

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

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 in a haze, and 2 minutes before we left, I tied a ribbon from an old present in my daughter’s hair and gave her a copy of Matilda.  It worked, she loved it. 
I hadn’t really read a book in what felt like a long time. I was burnt out. 
This year - 9 months on from burnout - I’ve began reconstituting myself from the husk I’d become in attempting to mask and manage a chronic illness in a toxic work culture. Part of that has been to read a lot. 
Well, I’ve began reading again more recently; I’ve listened to a lot of books. Audio books and podcasts have kept me going in the days and nights when I’ve been too tired, or dizzy, or sore, to even pick up a book. And yet, my headspace and appetite for reading returned.
But, hang on a…

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 myself. I was also lucky to be in conversation with Dr. Rebekah Willson (you can read Rebekah's response to my talk here).

I'm posting this edited/shorter version of the talk here because I want to share the key points of the presentation and to say a little more about how I came to the point of writing this talk.

I'm new to auto-ethnography - and to creative non-fiction writing - which are the staple methods of the paper.  For a long time, I felt that it was not a 'legitimate' thing for me to do. I felt siloed and pigeon-holed into continuing teaching and researching the subject of my doctoral research. Wh…