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Introduction: Zombies in the Academy: Living Death in Higher Education

Chapter


Abstract


  • This collection brings together scholars and writers from around the world to confront

    the 'living death' of higher education. The contributors break out of their fortified

    offices and bunkered lecture halls, and claw their way free of burial mounds of student

    marking, grant applications and committee minutes, equipped not with shotguns and fire

    axes, but with a radical metaphor and a critical eye. Alternately, they come shuffling and

    decrepit towards you out of the shadows, with lifeless expressions, blank hunger and the

    stench of death surrounding them.

    The figure of the zombie here provides an opportunity to express unease and dissent

    about the state of higher education. Working from a range of disciplines, together we refuse

    to helplessly succumb, choosing instead to diagnose, rally resistance, produce inoculation

    and contemplate an antidote. Some voices within this volume speculate that perhaps the

    zombie apocalypse has already happened in the academy, and that recognizing this might

    provide us with the best means of understanding and dealing with the conditions under

    which those who live, work and study in universities operate.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Whelan, A., Walker, R. & Moore, C. (2013). Introduction: Zombies in the Academy: Living Death in Higher Education. In A. Whelan, R. Walker & C. Moore (Eds.), Zombies in the Academy: Living Death in Higher Education (pp. 3-6). United Kingdom: Intellect.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781841507149

Book Title


  • Zombies in the Academy: Living Death in Higher Education

Start Page


  • 3

End Page


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • This collection brings together scholars and writers from around the world to confront

    the 'living death' of higher education. The contributors break out of their fortified

    offices and bunkered lecture halls, and claw their way free of burial mounds of student

    marking, grant applications and committee minutes, equipped not with shotguns and fire

    axes, but with a radical metaphor and a critical eye. Alternately, they come shuffling and

    decrepit towards you out of the shadows, with lifeless expressions, blank hunger and the

    stench of death surrounding them.

    The figure of the zombie here provides an opportunity to express unease and dissent

    about the state of higher education. Working from a range of disciplines, together we refuse

    to helplessly succumb, choosing instead to diagnose, rally resistance, produce inoculation

    and contemplate an antidote. Some voices within this volume speculate that perhaps the

    zombie apocalypse has already happened in the academy, and that recognizing this might

    provide us with the best means of understanding and dealing with the conditions under

    which those who live, work and study in universities operate.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Whelan, A., Walker, R. & Moore, C. (2013). Introduction: Zombies in the Academy: Living Death in Higher Education. In A. Whelan, R. Walker & C. Moore (Eds.), Zombies in the Academy: Living Death in Higher Education (pp. 3-6). United Kingdom: Intellect.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781841507149

Book Title


  • Zombies in the Academy: Living Death in Higher Education

Start Page


  • 3

End Page


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom