In these provocations, the “New Work Policies” considers ways of articulating new values for the kind of scholarly work we wish to produce. This category will posit new timelines, policies, and structures that support women, working class, and underrepresented scholars within the academy.
Rose Hackman, “Women Are Just Better At This Stuff”
“In a work context, emotional labor refers to the expectation that a worker should manipulate either her actual feelings or the appearance of her feelings in order to satisfy the perceived requirements of her job. Emotional labor also covers the requirement that a worker should modulate her feelings in order to influence the positive experience of a client or a colleague.”
Provocation: How can we become more cognizant of when we are asked to do more “emotional labor”?
Sara Ahmed, “Feminism and Fragility”
“A feminist killjoy can kill feminist joy: indigenous feminists; black feminists; feminists of colour; disabled feminists; lesbian feminists; trans feminists; working-class feminists; all of these figures embody a history that is difficult. It is a history of becoming a sore point within feminism because of who you are, what you say, what you do, because of the history you bring up just by entering the room. No matter how difficult some of our experiences of being a feminist killjoy, they do not prepare you for what it is like to be in feminist spaces and still be the problem.”
Harassment in Academia
Kelly J. Baker, “Writing about Sexism in Academia Hurts”
“My visceral response startled me. I chided myself: I write about depressing topics all the time without becoming a sniveling mess. What was wrong with me? Shouldn’t my reaction to sexism have been no different than my reaction to white supremacy? I thought my superpower was that no topic ruffles me. I was very wrong.”
Parenting in Academia
Sarah A. Birken and Jessica L. Borelli, “Coming Out as Academic Mothers”
Provocation: How can we negotiate our roles as parents and academics?
“The bottom line is that there is no cookie-cutter solution to how to make academe work for mothers. We wish it were so straightforward, but progress must come through trial and error and a steadfast belief in our critical role in the academy. Let’s believe in ourselves enough to value our contributions, to believe that instead of detracting from them, motherhood enhances them. Through that belief, we will become more of the people our students imagine us to be.”
Stephanie Shonekan, “In Support of Melissa Click as She Supported Us”
“What does it mean to be an ally? How can we do meaningful work within institutions that threaten academic freedoms?”
“I may be biased because as a mother of three black teenagers who could have needed tangible support in that camp that day, I would hope that there would be faculty and staff like Melissa Click who do more than sympathize and empathize from far away. I would hope that they would feel that agapic energy, that force that is born of love and the push for social justice.”