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The university tea room: informal public spaces as ideas incubators

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Abstract


  • Informal spaces encourage the meeting of minds and the sharing of ideas. They serve as an important counterpoint to the formal, silo-like structures of the modern organisation, encouraging social bonds and discussion across departmental lines. We address the role of one such institution – the university tea room – in Australia in the post-WWII decades. Drawing on a series of oral history interviews with economic historians, we examine the nature of the tea room space, demonstrate its effects on research within universities, and analyse the causes and implications of its decline in recent decades.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Wright, C. & Ville, S. (2018). The university tea room: informal public spaces as ideas incubators. History Australia, 15 (2), 236-254.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85046697906

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4517&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/3495

Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 236

End Page


  • 254

Volume


  • 15

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Informal spaces encourage the meeting of minds and the sharing of ideas. They serve as an important counterpoint to the formal, silo-like structures of the modern organisation, encouraging social bonds and discussion across departmental lines. We address the role of one such institution – the university tea room – in Australia in the post-WWII decades. Drawing on a series of oral history interviews with economic historians, we examine the nature of the tea room space, demonstrate its effects on research within universities, and analyse the causes and implications of its decline in recent decades.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Wright, C. & Ville, S. (2018). The university tea room: informal public spaces as ideas incubators. History Australia, 15 (2), 236-254.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85046697906

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4517&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/3495

Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 236

End Page


  • 254

Volume


  • 15

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia