I’m delighted that an article I co-authored, titled ‘Not in Our Name’: Vexing Care in the Neoliberal University has been accepted for publication in a Special Issue of the Nordic Journal of Science and Technology Studies. The article was led by me and co-authored with Jade Vu Henry and Fay Dennis. It draws on our experiences of running the Centre for Invention and Social Process (CISP) Salon at Goldsmiths, the friendship we developed while doing it, and how it reminded us of what was promised to us when entering the university. We contrast the ways we cared for our salon and for each other with the Early Career Researcher (ECR) ‘care’ which so often comes in the form of workshops on resillience and on better ways to ‘game’ the system. We argue that these forms of care do little to change the way the university operates, but rather, work to enable things to keep on ticking over. In contrast, our collaboration took our differences in perspective and capacity as a starting point, and allowed us to carve out a space to think beyond the demands of the audit culture of the neoliberal university.
This work was a real labour of love, and I’m so pleased that we were able to take this opportunity to appreciate and think about the work we have done together, and also the little network we have built of other scholars interested in care, STS and feminist modes of engagement. The special issue the article will form part of focusses on care and STS and is edited by Doris Lydahl and Lisa Lindén.
This article and all of the collaborations and connections that it draws on have been a real pleasure, and I’m so excited for the article to make its way out into the world.