The Semipublic Intellectual | Bookish

“What are you doing?” This is a question familiar to academics who have spent time away from their official scholarly pursuits to write online. Whether it’s a blog post on research, a review essay about contemporary fiction, or even a tweet about a passionate political belief, this question of doing stalks every piece of writing we send into that expanding liminal space between scholarly and popular audiences. Is what you are doing scholarship, or are you moonlighting? Are you working toward tenure, or are you distracting yourself from that work? To whom are you writing these hybrid texts? Why? To write outside the academy is to be plagued by doubt, and the implications of these questions have led countless would-be bloggers, essayists, and tweeters to shut down their browsers. What, exactly, are you doing?

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About Makere

A transplanted New Zealand Scots/Maori academic/grandmother/random singer and sometime activist, my life is shaped by a deep conviction of the necessity for active critical engagement in the multi-faceted global and local crises of being and survival of species that confront us in the 21st century, the urgency of re-visioning the meaning of thriving together, and the contribution of Indigenous knowledge systems to a truly sustainable and just global society.
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2 Responses to The Semipublic Intellectual | Bookish

  1. Makere says:

    I hear you! Much to be said for that approach so go for it.. as for the terrifying PhD, check out the Thesis Whisperer blog. I recommend it 🙂


  2. Baslan Shev'la says:

    Reblogged this on Ba'slan shev'la and commented:
    I’m taking my thoughts outside the academy… developing frameworks that would be laughed out at this stage (but after some thought/writing/refinement, probably won’t be) …sorta developing my voice (albeit in a really limited way, because this blog Is Not Professional, Not At All, which means I don’t use academic styles of writing on here) …aaaaand distracting myself from the terrifying thing that is my PhD proposal. That’s what!


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