Review is HERE.
Having only been out of graduate school for a few years, I still have plenty of contacts still working on their degrees. One thing I envy about these students, aside from the fact that they still get to sit in on seminars and don’t yet know the crushing depression of the job market, is their travel funding. Where I work, at a public, state-funded university, there is no premium on research. As a result, there is little travel funding available aside for the faculty. I’m allotted just enough to cover one domestic conference, if I drive myself, stay in the cheapest hotel, and don’t spend too much on food. It seems like all my graduate school contacts are constantly traveling the country and, more enviously, heading overseas for conferences, workshops, and summer schools. I remember the days when that was realistic for me, but now that student loans are due and my funding is minimal, I find myself passing up on many conferences and other networking opportunities domestic and foreign.
This is one aspect of my life in the “Ivory Tower.” That nickname really bothers me, more and more, because it never feels like I’m living in an Ivory Tower at all. A brick and concrete institution, maybe. A public facility, yes. But there’s really very little that’s elevated, insulated, or prestigious about my university. I’m not treated like royalty, and I don’t enjoy any sort of special protection or security. I’m not as vulnerable as all the adjuncts out there, but my job security year-to-year is only marginally better than theirs. Only a portion of academics enjoy life in the Ivory Tower, and that number is diminishing every year. So, can we please stop referring to all of academe as the Ivory Tower? It’s not only a misrepresentation of the state of things, it’s offensive to the growing population of contingent labor that’s educating our children.
At the Center for Contemporary European Philosophy, Radboud University Nijmegen:
Papers will be presented in English (30 min. presentation + 20 min. collective discussion).
Organizers: Antonio Cimino & Cees Leijenhorst (international workshop); Cees Leijenhorst & Carli Coenen (graduate student meeting)
Deadline for the submission of abstracts (1,000 words) and CV (1 page): October 1, 2014.
A decision about the submitted abstracts will be made by the 1st of November 2014 at the latest.
After Nature announces the publication of Animal Experience, a new book in the “Living Books about Life” series with Open Humanities Press. Find the announcement HERE, with links to an interview about the book.
[thought I'd save Leiter the trouble of posting this ;) ]
…or will be available soon to everyone who wants to buy a copy. My author copies arrived a few days ago from Edinburgh:
After Nature teases the possibility of another book series in Speculative Realism, HERE.