Deferred time in the neoliberal university : Experiences of doctoral candidates and early career academics

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Bosanquet, Agnes, Mantai, Lilia and Fredericks, Vanessa. (2020). Deferred time in the neoliberal university : Experiences of doctoral candidates and early career academics. Teaching in Higher Education. 25(6), pp. 736-749. https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2020.1759528
AuthorsBosanquet, Agnes, Mantai, Lilia and Fredericks, Vanessa
Abstract

In the neoliberal university, how do doctoral candidates (PhDs) and early career academics (ECAs) experience time? This analysis brings together two qualitative studies in Australian universities: interviews with 64 PhD candidates, and a survey of 522 ECAs on teaching and research experience, and identity and career development. The data is analysed using Ylijoki and Mäntylä’s (2003. “Conflicting Time Perspectives in Academic Work.” Time & Society 12 (1): 55–78. doi:10.1177/0961463X03012001364) categories of academic time: scheduled, timeless, contracted and personal. Reading Derrida’s Specters of Marx (1994) enables us to extend this framework to include deferred time. We argue that the dominant affect of deferred time is anxiety. As political subjects of the university, following Derrida’s line of argument, participants are in a deferred state of waiting for academic careers that are yet to come.

Keywordsacademic work; time; doctoral candidates; early career academics; neoliberalism
Year2020
JournalTeaching in Higher Education
Journal citation25 (6), pp. 736-749
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1356-2517
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2020.1759528
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85087643133
Page range736-749
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Online06 Jul 2020
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Accepted20 Apr 2020
Deposited21 Jul 2023
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