Yes, You Can: Being an Academic and a Mother – REDUX

Carole McGranahan , March 22nd, 2017

Can one be an academic and a mother? Of course. Of course you can, and yet, this question is a common one. It is one female graduate students…


Top of 2016 – or thereabouts! #themeweek2016

Allegra , February 27th, 2017

Who can believe that it’s almost Spring – where did the time fly?! At Allegra we just realized that we never paused to reflect on all that 2016…


Ethnographies of Academia #UniversityCrisis

Vita Peacock , December 5th, 2016

There is a mythology of nourishment deposited in the language of the intellect.[1] Thoughts are digested. Ideas are chewed upon. There is hunger for information and a thirst…


The International Institute of Not Doing Much #Slow

Allegra , July 19th, 2016

Browsing the web in preparation of this ‘Slow week’, we came across an online initiative whose Manifesto resonated with Allegra’s very own. Below we reproduce the Manifesto of…


Racing for what? #Slow

Ruth Mueller , July 1st, 2016

In this post, Ruth Mueller explores how the compulsion for speed in academia plays out in the lives of postdocs.  Slow science is interesting for me because I…


Is #Slow Academia Conservative?

Heather Mendick , June 30th, 2016

In this post, Heather Mendick argues that some calls for slowing down scholarship mask a conservative politics. Last July I blogged about how, despite my love for online communication,…


Let’s take it SLOW! The #slow university? REDUX

Maggie O'Neill , June 29th, 2016

This Allegra week we remain in retreat spirits, and will consequently revisit some more ‘Jewel’s of Allie’s Archive’. And what more appropriate theme for doing so than SLOW. We…


The #slow professor (book excerpt)

Maggie Berg , June 28th, 2016

The Slow Professor  originated in telephone conversations about coping with our academic jobs. Not reading an email sent by the department chair at 10:45 p.m. until the next…


#Slow Week! An introduction

Julie Billaud , June 27th, 2016

Those who have followed Allegra’s adventures from its creation in 2013 will probably remember that our initial motto was “Slow down!”. Prior to launching the website, Allegra’s…


Because we’re #HAPPY? REDUX

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari , April 12th, 2016

Today we have, once again, witnessed the arrival of the World Happiness Reports – reports that claim nothing less than to offer a neatly quantified, ‘objective’ measurement of just…


The Deportation Conundrum – REDUX #BORDERS

Barak Kalir , March 11th, 2016

Today we re-visit a post on the deportation conundrum by Barak Kalir. The post was first published in the spring of 2014 as a part of our thread…


REDUX: Scenes of #Gentrification

Antu Sorainen , February 23rd, 2016

Scene One: London Soho and Bloomsbury I used to love London for its Indian and Thai vegan restaurants, vibrant queer cafes, independent bookstores, second hand antiquaries, esoteric health…


Gentrification, diversification & events – let’s take it SLOW!

Allegra , February 22nd, 2016

Ever so often we find it indispensable to remind ourselves & everyone else that one of Allegra’s guiding mottos is ‘slow food for thought‘. Indeed, one of the…


REDUX: From Crisis to the University of Utopia aka MURI!

Allegra , February 12th, 2016

We conclude this dark thematic week on University Crisis with our insistence to be also ‘tongue in cheek’. We remind both ourselves and others: when policy making is…


REDUX: The Neoliberal Race to the Bottom Affects Us All!* #UniversityCrisis

Mariya Ivancheva , February 10th, 2016

Over the last years academics from different disciplines have become increasingly visible on popular and social media, narrating personal stories and reflecting on the growing casualization of academi…


REDUX: A Facelift & Discussion over Academic Blogging – and PLEA for support! #RELAUNCH

Julie Billaud , January 12th, 2016

What is an academic blog? Who form its audience and who are, or should be, its authors? How does blogging resonate with more ‘serious’ – or at minimum…


God Exists in Yemen, part 2: the Moral Economy of Rizq

Luca Nevola , December 16th, 2015

This is the second part of a long essay, first part of which was published here. 1.1.     The Yemeni Arab Spring: crisis and revolution So how did I…


GOD EXISTS IN YEMEN, part 1: On the meaning of livelihood

Luca Nevola , December 15th, 2015

If you  can rely on God  with due reliance, He will provide you  with sustenance  in such a manner as He provides birds  and beasts. (A saying of the…


Aftertaste: memories of #postsocialism

Daria Gritsenko , July 31st, 2015

Allegra’s thematic thread on #postsocialism is coming to its end. We hope that the eight delicious specialties Allegra served you over the past two weeks have pleased your…


REDUX: Russian and Polar Bears Unite! A Follow-Up.

Judith Beyer , July 24th, 2015

What is 19cm high, 20cm wide, weighs only 680grams but carries a President? Right – it’s the Russian Bear! And what is flying high into the sky? Right…


REDUX: Simulacrum Crimea (Anthropoliteia Virtual Roundtable PART 2) #UKRAINE

Judith Beyer , July 23rd, 2015

Today we re-post our conversation with Judith Beyer from a  joint virtual roundtable with Anthropoliteia. In her commentary, Judith answers the question: “What has struck you the most,…



Priya Swamy , June 24th, 2015

It is the early(ish) stages of my fieldwork among Hindus from Suriname living in the Netherlands. I am reluctantly attending a question and answer period with a well-known…