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We’re still here.

Yes, we haven’t posted for a while but we’re still here. Still thinking, still working on our few words. Still (with)standing. Why are we still here? We’ve asked ourselves this question quite a few times over the last 18 months or so. And we’ve partly answered on Twitter and on our own blogs and we’ve … Continue reading


No words.

This was published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 18th October 2016. We don’t have any words to add at the moment but we will in coming days, as the sadness continues to seep through and the rage sets in. For now, please just read the article.

Affiliation withheld

We were invited to sit on a panel on Academic Activism at the 5th International Academic Identities Conference 2016 Academic life in the measured university: pleasures, paradoxes, and politics. Below is my response to the questions posed by moderator Agnes Bosanquet regarding why I withheld institutional affiliation in my conference biography and how I separate my paid job from my … Continue reading

are we activists?

Semester has ended, the grades are parked, and tomorrow we’re off to the 5th International Academic Identities Conference at the University of Sydney. The conference is titled Academic life in the measured university:  pleasures, paradoxes and politics, and we’ve been invited to join a lunchtime panel discussion on academic activism. Sundi Richards, who is part of … Continue reading

CASA news 04/16

The evenings are drawing in, and it’s time to start clearing our backlog of news on casualisation in Australian higher education, and around the world. While we’re at it, hello to our new CASA subscribers, and a cheer to the L H Martin Institute who were very prompt to update the report on their website into contingent academic employment to … Continue reading

All sides

We started CASA in 2014 as independent writers—one casually employed, one on a permanent academic contract—as an irked response to the Universities Australia annual conference, which was staring into the future of higher education and apparently failing to notice casualisation at all. We each saw this peculiar blindness as a sector problem, and we weren’t alone. There were already researchers tackling it … Continue reading

The C word

How (whether) you speak about casualisation in Australian higher education has become a kind of shorthand for indicating where you are in the system, and sometimes, where you want to be. Your use (or not) of the C word not only demonstrates your insight (or not) into casualisation, it is also becoming an extremely useful way for others to … Continue reading

CASA news 02/16

It’s week 1 of the new academic year all over Australian higher education. Academic casuals are getting back to work, juggling timetables, searching for space in shared offices (if that) and wondering how to meet university-mandated requirements for high quality teaching that are based on the vanishing fiction of an academic career, conducted from an office with a … Continue reading

CASA news 01/16

Hello, and welcome to the start of a new year of CASA news on casualisation in Australian higher education. This is a painful time for academic casuals trying to organise teaching contracts for the coming year, and we’re sending our good thoughts out to everyone in this fraught situation. We ended last year having a think about … Continue reading

Research funding for casuals

We’ve been wanting to put together information for casual staff at Australian universities, who need resources and funding to develop or sustain their research careers, whether that be academic, alt-ac, or professional. We’re told*** that it’s highly engaging for students to be taught by people who are actively also researchers and highly engaged in their own careers. Now that the rate … Continue reading