Demands for excellence and efficiency have created an ableist culture in academia. What impact do these expectations have on disabled, chronically ill and neurodiverse colleagues?
This important and eye-opening collection explores ableism in academia from the viewpoint of academics' personal and professional experiences and scholarship. Through the theoretical lenses of autobiography, autoethnography, embodiment, body work and emotional labour, contributors present insightful, critical, analytical and rigorous explorations of being ‘othered’ in academia.
Deeply embedded in personal experiences, this perceptive book provides examples for universities to develop inclusive practices, accessible working and learning conditions and a less ableist environment.
Nicole Brown is Social Researcher and Lecturer in Education, and Academic Head of Learning and Teaching in the Department of Culture, Communication and Media at UCL Institute of Education.
Introduction: Being Different" in Academia ~ Nicole Brown
Chapter 1., A Leg to Stand On: Irony, Autoethnography and Ableism in the Academy ~ Laura L. Ellingson
Chapter 2., "There’s No Place for Emotions in Academia": Experiences of the Neoliberal Academy as a Disabled Scholar ~ Angharad Butler-Rees
Chapter 3 ., Embodiment and Authenticity ~ Jennifer Leigh
Chapter 4., What's in a Word? Rephrasing and Reframing Disability ~ Sharon Smith
Chapter 5., Colour Blindness in Academia: The Challenges of an Invisible Impairment ~ Oliver Daddow
Chapter 6., Stammering in Academia: Voice in the Management of Self and Others ~ Robert H. Mann and Bryan C. Clift
Chapter 7., Losing my Voice (Physically and Metaphorically) ~ Jeanne Barczewska
Chapter 8., Deafness and Hearing Loss in Higher Education ~ Nicole Brown
Chapter 9., Living with Collagenous Colitis as a Busy Academic-chronic Illness and the Intersection of Age and Gender Inequality ~ Rosalind Janssen
Chapter 10., Three Cheers for Access to Work Partnership: Two Ticks and One Question about a University-wide Self-disclosure Scheme ~ Chris Mounsey and Stan Booth
Chapter 11., "I'm Not Saying this to be Petty": Reflections on Making Disability Visible while Teaching ~ Emma Sheppard
Chapter 12., #AutisticsInAcademia ~ Chloe Farahar and Annette Foster
Chapter 13., ‘I’ve Always Wanted to be a Nurse…’: Challenging Academic Ableist Assumptions ~ Jo Sullivan
Chapter 14., Ableism in Music Academicism ~ Ben Lunn
Chapter 15., Teaching with and Supporting Teachers with Dyslexia in Higher Education ~ Jennifer Hiscock and Jennifer Leigh
Chapter 16., Depressed Academics: Building a Group Blog Community ~ Mikael Vejdemo-Johansson and Ian P. Gent
Chapter 17., Cancer, Bereavement and Work ~ Nicola Martin
Chapter 18., Invisible Disabilities and (Re)negotiating Identity: Life after Major Traumatic Injury ~ Clare Lewis
Conclusion: Disability Imaginary of the Future ~ Nicole Brown