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Insiders, Outsiders, and Intellectual Kinship #UniversityCrisis

Marshall Sahlins once dismissed the possibility that teacher-student relationships might be a kind of kinship. ‘Persons may have various relational attributes and …


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Antiheroism: the underdog’s survival tactic #UniversityCrisis

“Where do you put your anger?” a precarious academic asked me poignantly the other day as we talked about the bad job …


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Unravelling Academic Precarity #UniversityCrisis

In conversation, scholars cannot help but constantly raise the subject of their increasingly precarious working conditions and the anxieties that derive from …


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Towards a Transnational Anthropology Union #UniversityCrisis

At the last European Association of Social Anthropology (EASA) meeting, a few of us called an open meeting for early career and …


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RECLAIMING THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN #UniversityCrisis

Universities are in turmoil. There was a time when they stood out as pinnacles of Enlightenment, where scholarly elites could profess to …


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Ethnographies of Academia #UniversityCrisis

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


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The #slow professor (book excerpt)

The Slow Professor  originated in telephone conversations about coping with our academic jobs. Not reading an email sent by the department chair …


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#Slow Week! An introduction

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


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On parasitic professionalism

Last month I received an email from an “associate” working at a research institution that caters to the biggest development agencies worldwide: …


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Anonymous Reviewer – we need to talk! #rejection

A while back I experienced bitter disappointment as yet another funding application was rejected. The fact that I was only one of …


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Happy 2016 Everyone!

We’re back – and full of energy for YET another exciting Allegra year! We hope that your break was enjoyable and relaxing …


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