Valedictory Lecture: Emeritus Professor Bronwyn Winter | “A teacup in a storm: Navigating the troubled waters of academe”
A teacup in a storm: Navigating the troubled waters of academe
Emeritus Professor Bronwyn Winter (University of Sydney)
The inverted metaphor of the title symbolises the experience of marginality within academe. With its institutional micropolitics (and macropolitical context), its norms, its systems of reward and punishment, navigating the academic storm is all the more difficult when you have set sail with the wrong vessel.[i]
Yet academe also offers an intellectual and political community, a place where one meets extraordinary ideas and highly talented and creative people, which help one to understand and even sometimes subvert those very institutions that cause us so much bother.
This lecture is a reflection on the sorts of research, teaching and university and public engagement that have come about as a consequence of navigating these contradictions.
[i] With thanks to Fernanda Peñaloza
About the speaker
Bronwyn Winter is Emeritus Professor of Transnational Studies. She worked for three decades in the Dept of French Studies and then the Dept of European Studies in the School of Languages and Cultures, and contributed as well to the International and Comparative Literary Studies and International and Global Studies programs. She was also a former branch president of the National Tertiary Education Union, and served in various roles as Associate Dean and member of the Academic Board and its committees. Among various grants and awards, in 2015 she was named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques in the French honours list.
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