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Activismo na "Academia sem Paredes": (Im)possibilidades de Intervenção Política em Tempos de Performatividade e Precariedade (Activism in the "Academia Without Walls": the (Im)possibilities of Political Intervention in Performative and Precarious Times)

Pereira, MDM (2011) Activismo na "Academia sem Paredes": (Im)possibilidades de Intervenção Política em Tempos de Performatividade e Precariedade (Activism in the "Academia Without Walls": the (Im)possibilities of Political Intervention in Performative and Precarious Times). LES: Journal of Lesbian Issues, 3 (1). 3 - 13 . ISSN 1647-3868

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Abstract

Over the past decade we have witnessed profound transformations of the models of organisation and evaluation of academic work in Portugal and elsewhere. These transformations have included processes of extensification, elasticisation and casualisation of scientific and academic labour, as well as an expanding institutionalisation of regimes of performativity supported by structures of measurement and auditing. These interacting trends are having significant impacts not only on working conditions in academia, but also on our projects and opportunities for social and political intervention outside the academy. In this article, I analyse the possibilities and impossibilities of articulation of activism and academic work which have been generated by these transformations. I argue than in the contemporary “academia without walls” this articulation can be extremely difficult, but I propose that we cease to conceptualise that difficulty as an individual challenge, and instead reframe and denounce it as a structural problem that requires – urgently – a collective response.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2011 Pereira. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Sociology and Social Policy (Leeds) > Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2011 11:18
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2014 01:05
Published Version: http://www.lespt.org/lesonline/index.php?journal=l...
Status: Published
Publisher: LES - Grupo de discussão sobre questões lésbicas
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43437

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