Making space for writing in the contemporary university

Type: Panel
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Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Iberville, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
Organizers: Rae Dufty-Jones, Chris Gibson
Chairs: Chris Gibson


Writing is integral to how we perform our scholarly identities as geographers. As Kamler and Thompson (2006: 15) argue: ‘we are represented by our writings and we are judged by them’. Research writing is a key product by which colleagues and institutions evaluate our past and potential contributions. It is often the source of much personal anxiety. To be able to write about their research is also a key skill that graduate students are often expected to have mastered by the time they complete their doctoral studies.

Yet, while we regularly espouse the need to ‘find space’ for our writing, we have seldom overtly theorised space in our writing practices. Writing remains a ‘black box’ in geographical literatures.

This panel session critically reflects on the nexus between geography, geographers and research writing.

Some suggested questions for framing a contribution to the panel include:
• What role does ‘space’ play in our writing practices?
• What strategies are employed by geographers to make ‘space’ (figurative, literal, relational) for our research writing?
• What does the advent of the neoliberal university mean for academic writing practice? How have geographers challenged or resisted managerial expectations around their writing practices and products?


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Rae Dufty-Jones Western Sydney University 10
Panelist Dydia DeLyser California State University, Fullerton 10
Panelist Megan Watkins Western Sydney University 10
Panelist Tess Lea University of Sydney 10
Panelist Jamie Peck University of British Columbia 10
Discussant Chris Gibson University of Wollongong 10

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