Short-term, short-changed? A temporal perspective on the implications of academic casualisation for teaching in higher education

Leathwood, Carole and Read, Barbara (2020) Short-term, short-changed? A temporal perspective on the implications of academic casualisation for teaching in higher education. Teaching in Higher Education. pp. 1-16. ISSN 1470-1294

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The increasing casualisation of academic labour over recent years has been noted across the global north. In the UK, this takes a number of forms, including fixed term, hourly paid and zero hours contracts. What tends to characterise them all, however, is a focus on the short-term. In this paper, we draw on a qualitative study with 20 UK-based academics on casualised contracts to consider the implications of the short-term nature of such employment for teaching and pedagogy. We come to this with a temporal perspective, in part in response to Felt’s call for a chronopolitical analysis of the changing temporalities of academia. We discuss how short-term temporal logics marked by last-minute or ‘just-in-time’ modalities can be seen to impact negatively on teaching preparation and pedagogical relationships, raising questions about innovation and criticality, power and in/security, continuity and care.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: academics, casualisation, temporality, pedagogy, student-lecturer relationship
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 370 Education
Department: School of Social Professions
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Depositing User: Pub Router
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2020 12:02
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2020 15:03
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/5714

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