Academics, the humanities and the enclosure of knowledge: the worm in the fruit

Australian Universities' Review 58:2 (2016) 33-41. Read the original here. Download a pdf here. My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. – 1Kings 14 The Biblical Rehoboam’s promise to his subjects distils the same shocking… Continue reading Academics, the humanities and the enclosure of knowledge: the worm in the fruit

University deregulation

Arena magazine 134, February-March 2015. Read the original here. Another parliamentary term, another broadside against the shaky foundations of the Australian welfare state. Following its humiliations over Medicare and the travesty of the Philip knighthood, there would seem to be few other measures left for the government to stake its credibility on than its plans… Continue reading University deregulation

Australia dropped in the Times Higher Education rankings. So what?

The Guardian, Friday October 4 2013. Read the original here. There are many reasons for serious concern about the future of Australian universities. But the collective drop of local institutions in the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings this week certainly isn't one of them. Ranking tables are a major instrument of the marketised, university-as-business ideology… Continue reading Australia dropped in the Times Higher Education rankings. So what?