We dig into the definition of “professionalism,” a term thrown around as an arbiter of correct and incorrect behavior in academia. Drawing from insights on a recent Twitter thread, Karen and Kel talk about how professionalism operates as code for the protection of white (male, straight, cisgender) comfort – quiet, sedate, nonconfrontational, bodies contained and covered… and the disciplining of potentially disruptive bodies. There is more scope for variability now than earlier decades but it remains a mechanism of policing. How to navigate this in pursuit of an academic career? How much to strategically and provisionally conform, and how much to resist? And how does advice like ours at the Professor Is in avoid further violence in its service?
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