Posted on | July 17, 2006 | 29 Comments
For the upcoming AoIR conference, I’m expanding the project I began in ‘Feeling Ordinary: Blogging as Conversational Scholarship’ to look at blogs that talk explicitly about academic life – the day to day banalities of teaching, doing research, getting ahead and getting along with colleagues. You can read the abstract for the paper here.
Some of the blogs I want to talk about include ones like Laura’s – particularly this post – for the way that it may change perceptions about an implicit urban millieux for academic practice. I also want to talk about the recurring affects of PhD students’ blogs, including the anxieties that are often expressed in the lead-up to completion (Anne’s splintering online identities seem to be a case in point here). Finally, I’m interested in the career concerns talked about in the blogs of junior staff, especially those that are women: Bitch PhD has a great list of these on her site.
To flesh out the discussion, I want to get a wider sample of blogs so that I can make some comparisons across disciplines and across national contexts. In terms of the latter, I think it’s probably fair to say that the proliferating number of young academic bloggers in the US context has some kind of relationship to the unique pressure of the academic system in that country. Because Australia’s system is quite different – and because I suspect AoIR has, like many other associations, some degree of US-centrism – I think it’s important in this paper to make some specific, situated observations.
So can any of you offer some advice on where I might find some more blogs that deal with these kinds of issues? What are some of your favourite academics’ blogs? But when I say ‘academics’ blogs’, it should be clear that for this paper I’m not referring to group blogs such as Crooked Timber, or The Valve, or even LP. These ‘academic blogs’ are more about gaining better insight from pooling the resources of a range of disciplines and perspectives, and involve very different performative dynamics.