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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A Maori/Scots New Zealander transplanted to Canada. Grandmother, indigenous scholar, sometime singer, sometime activist, who cares passionately about our world.
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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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