Surviving (thriving) in academia : feminist support networks and women ECRs

Macoun, Alissa & Miller, Danielle (2014) Surviving (thriving) in academia : feminist support networks and women ECRs. Journal of Gender Studies, 23(3), pp. 287-301.

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In this paper, we reflect upon our experiences and those of our peers as doctoral students and early career researchers in an Australian political science department. We seek to explain and understand the diverse ways that participating in an unofficial Feminist Reading Group in our department affected our experiences. We contend that informal peer support networks like reading groups do more than is conventionally assumed, and may provide important avenues for sustaining feminist research in times of austerity, as well as supporting and enabling women and emerging feminist scholars in academia. Participating in the group created a community of belonging and resistance, providing women with personal validation, information and material support, as well as intellectual and political resources to understand and resist our position within the often hostile spaces of the University. While these experiences are specific to our context, time and location, they signal that peer networks may offer critical political resources for responding to the ways that women’s bodies and concerns are marginalised in increasingly competitive and corporatised university environments.

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ID Code: 75936
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: reading groups, feminist peer support, women postgraduates, peer mentoring, higher education, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/09589236.2014.909718
ISSN: 1465-3869
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Political Science not elsewhere classified (160699)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900) > Gender Specific Studies (169901)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Current > Research Centres > Indigenous Studies Research Network
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Gender Studies on 17 April 2014, available online at:
Deposited On: 09 Sep 2014 22:59
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2015 22:57

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