Theme 4: Reimagining academia - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Theme 4: Reimagining academia

  • Like [the pleasure of wearing] a loose-fitting garment – finding liberating and enabling ways to wear an academic life
  • Activating personal and professional alchemy, kindness, movement and change in the academy

This fourth and final theme uses the metaphor of the university as an ‘infinite game’ (Harre, Grant, Locke, Sturm, 2017) to connect us to our heart for imagination, hope, and inclusion. We (re)turn to our contemplative beginnings, inward to our essence, to our own academic institutions, to our own stories and struggles as women in academia, and to our hopes and dreams to realise our potential as connected people living and working together.

In these final hours of our conference we seek to draw strength from our collective care and deep listening. We use this final theme to articulate what matters to us, and to organise ourselves towards reimagining and recreating academia. And, like the article that inspires this theme, we conclude our conference with conversations and talking of STARs (Slow, Tiny, Acts of Resistance).

In the final hours of this conference we invite you to discuss and make room for imagining, planning, and enacting small creative acts of kindness, care, hope, disruption, in the company of others. We use this theme to remember who we are, remember we are enough, that we do enough, and to commit to keeping the infinite game in play.

Presenters

Barbara Grant
Barbara Grant
Barbara Grant is Associate Professor in the School of Critical Studies in Education at the University of Auckland.
Niki Harre
Niki Harré
Niki Harré is a lecturer in the School of Psychology and Associate Dean Sustainability in the Faculty of Science at the University of Auckland.
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