This event will take place virtually via Zoom. Please note all attendees will need a Zoom account to access the webinar. A free account can be set up when registering for the event.
Admission Price: Free to attend, but places must be booked in advance
Alongside scholarship on the neoliberal academy (Shore, 2008; Taylor and Lahad, 2018) and its dehumanising, brutal, and toxic effect upon university workers (Gill, 2009; Loveday, 2018), there is now also increasing attention paid to the concept of ‘academic kindness’. In this presentation I tease out the power relations underneath ‘academic kindness’, connecting them to already recognised structures of power such as race, class, and gender. Going beyond ‘kindness’ as a flat concept or simple salve to the problems of academic life, I argue that kindness operates in multiple forms – sometimes as a technology of dominant, hierarchical power and sometimes as resistance and solidarity. Through examining these different modes of ‘academic kindness’, the presentation contributes a critique of the concept itself, as well as a demonstration of how the mobilisation of the concept further reveals academia’s sedimented inequalities around colonialism, whiteness, capitalism, and masculinity. I end by folding awareness of these relationships between kindness and power into a loose manifesto for the construction of a more radical kindness predicated on the ethics of community, generosity, solidarities, and mutual respect.
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1.00pm - 2.00pmFriday 27th November 2020