We talk about the "capitalist gaze" and how it impacts the creativity of academics. Casting our research outcomes as "products" can be deeply chilling to the imaginative work of scholarship. Research as an assembly line, or as a deli counter … [Read more...] about Ep 3:19 Academic Labor Is Labor
Ep 3:18 How Is Academia Like Gardening?
When you think about academia like a garden, the analogy clarifies a lot of things. First off, not every plant can thrive in every spot; also, plants need constant resources in terms of water, fertilizer, sun, and attention. We don't judge one … [Read more...] about Ep 3:18 How Is Academia Like Gardening?
Ep 3:17 Co-Writing As a Productivity Hack
Collaborative writing is a great productivity hack when it works. But how to make it work? In this episode Karen and Kel talk to Dr. Julia Hornberger and Dr. Sarah Hodges, who have maintained a weekly Zoom collaborative writing practice over two … [Read more...] about Ep 3:17 Co-Writing As a Productivity Hack
Ep 3:16 Leaving Academia – All The Cool Kids Are Doing It!
It's the newest trend! Join the thousands who are saying goodbye (and good riddance?) to the academic career! If you spend any time on Twitter, you know that lately, it seems to be packed with academics loudly and honestly pretty happily announcing … [Read more...] about Ep 3:16 Leaving Academia – All The Cool Kids Are Doing It!
Ep 3:15 Managing Rejection
Karen and Kel talk about coping with rejection, moving beyond the typical advice to "take a break, come back to it later, etc. etc." (which is good as far as it goes!) to discuss the deeper issues of identity and emotion that rejection triggers. … [Read more...] about Ep 3:15 Managing Rejection
Ep. 3:14 Imposter Syndrome
We talk Imposter Syndrome: what it is, why we get it, how to overcome it. We talk about gendered messages, structural racism, and being told you don't belong; ie: it's not Imposter Syndrome if they're always treating you like an imposter. We ask why … [Read more...] about Ep. 3:14 Imposter Syndrome
3:13 Lighting Your Fire
We are back! Thank you for your patience! Kel and I needed to rethink the podcast; basically we love to talk TO people, and after two years wanted to find a way to make the podcast more of a conversation with the community and less just the two of … [Read more...] about 3:13 Lighting Your Fire
Ep 3:12 Your Breaking Point
We talk breaking points. Kel suggests to anyone feeling they've reached the breaking point at the end of the semester: pause, and appreciate that it's showing you, you DO have a limit. Sit with that. What's it mean to hit your limit and really admit … [Read more...] about Ep 3:12 Your Breaking Point
Ep. 3:11 “White People, Don’t Start That Bullshit!” – Interview with Deja Rollins
Today we are joined by the remarkable Deja Rollins, speaking about performative allyship. Deja, a graduate student in Communications at UIUC, was the standout star of Karen's TedX event hosted by U of Arkansas Monticello, and we've been working on … [Read more...] about Ep. 3:11 “White People, Don’t Start That Bullshit!” – Interview with Deja Rollins
Ep. 3:10 We Don’t Go Back, We Go Forward – Interview with Dr. Samira Rajabi
Dr. Samira Rajabi, Assistant Professor of Media Studies at U of Colorado Boulder, joins us for a discussion of navigating ambiguous grief and trauma in the pandemic academy and the rest of life. Drawing from her research for her new book, All My … [Read more...] about Ep. 3:10 We Don’t Go Back, We Go Forward – Interview with Dr. Samira Rajabi