Writing that matters: positioning cultural studies and criticality in the 'audit age'

Hickey, Andrew (2011) Writing that matters: positioning cultural studies and criticality in the 'audit age'. In: 2010 Cultural Studies Association of Australasia National Conference: A Scholarly Affair (CSAA 2010), 7-9 Dec 2010, Byron Bay, Australia.

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Research in the humanities has variously received criticism for its obtuse and inaccessible language (Reizs 2010), benign claims for action (Lather 2007) and authorial positionality (Jameson 1990, Denzin and Lincoln 2005). Perhaps worst amongst these criticisms is the suggestion that scholarly, academic work is irrelevant to the world outside of academe. Institutional shifts in the way academic work is both produced and recognised have similarly paralleled these wider societal critiques, with institutionally mandated changes in the way academic work is conducted and recorded centred broadly around notions of performance and accountability. What results from this changed terrain is the need for a reconsideration of the way that scholarly work (particularly that in the humanities) is undertaken and what purposes it seeks to serve. In this paper, an approach to cultural studies research that attempts to re-engage the ‘ordinary’ (that original site of investigation for cultural studies scholars) for the ‘ordinary’ by making a case for critical, de-centred accounts of the everyday will be presented. This paper will chart why the emancipatory imperatives so often promised in humanist academic work must be realised and will suggest an ethic for a research mentality that moves both beyond and between institutionalised agendas for producing academic work.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2011 05:33
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: audit culture; cultural studies; scholarship; criticality; double-agent; academic quality; performance measurement
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2099 Other Language, Communication and Culture > 209999 Language, Communication and Culture not elsewhere classified
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170204 Linguistic Processes (incl. Speech Production and Comprehension)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160103 Linguistic Anthropology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19659

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