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Reimagining the university of our dreams: heterotopic havens for wounded academics

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posted on 2024-02-23, 02:08 authored by Tracy Lee FortuneTracy Lee Fortune, Jeanette FyffeJeanette Fyffe, S Barradell
This paper focuses on the experiences of four facilitators of a group mentoring programme for doctoral students aspiring to become academics. The methodology utilised collective sensemaking in a collaborative autoethnography. Aided by agreed reflective prompts, we initially analysed our own and each other’s written accounts. This illuminated the motivations and hopes accompanying us into the project, as well as our individual experience of being a mentor within it. We digitally recorded the discussion of our initial analyses, sharing and debating what we felt our own and each other’s reflections revealed. We subsequently discussed and collaboratively analysed the meeting transcript. This final meta-analytic phase exposed tension-laden emotions and experiences. We theorise that we were operating as wounded academics, seeking to recreate a nurturing academic space where it is simultaneously possible to express, contain and transform contradictory emotions associated with being in the academy. Drawing on Foucault’s notion of heterotopia, we propose that such spaces may also unleash a sense of hope and possibility for contemporary academic life.

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Publication Date

2024-01-01

Journal

Higher Education Research & Development

Volume

43

Issue

1

Pagination

48-58

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

ISSN

0729-4360

Rights Statement

© 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.

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