Conference

BETWEEN RESILIENCE AND VULNERABILITY:

EXPERIENCES OF THE NEOLIBERAL ACADEMY

TUESDAY 15th MAY 2018

UNIVERSITY OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE, CHELTENHAM, UK

The concept of resilience in various guises is becoming an increasingly recognisable trope within the contemporary university. From discourses that fit broadly within self-help narratives, whereby increasing the resilience of academic staff is posited as the solution to precarious and stressful working conditions, to the presentation of students who are seen as ‘snowflakes,’ indicative of a generation somehow inherently lacking in resilience. When read in this light, resilience becomes, as Sara Ahmed has argued: ‘a deeply conservative technique, one especially well suited to governance […].’ (Ahmed, 2017) As such, this conference seeks to offer the space to explore character, consequences and possible alternatives to narratives of resilience, grit, and self-efficacy.

Cost:

  • Waged £30.00
  • Fractional/Hourly Paid £15.00
  • Unwaged/Student £10.00

Book at https://tinyurl.com/BeingHumanConference

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About The Conference:

The conference aims to bring together scholars at various stages of the academic life course. Established academics, student researchers and early career colleagues are all warmly invited. The conference seeks to provide a space for both academic discussion and space for informal exchange of ideas. The flexible programme will include time and space for interactions outside of sessions, and colleagues are encouraged to seek opportunities to engage in future collaborative work around emergent conference themes.

The Park Campus, Cheltenham, is well served by local rail and bus routes, and parking is plentiful. Refreshments and lunch will be provided throughout the day. Whilst the University is unable to provide crèche facilities, a space will be made available with amenities for colleagues with children. Please ask for more information upon registration.

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