Wednesday 24th of June, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Academia is not open. It is closed – contained within walls and halls layered with history, entombed by tradition. Academia controls. Through metrics, targets, and precarious employment, academia cajoles us into writing and thinking in certain ways, to accept tradition, norms, and methodologies. Academia is conservative. It is exclusionary and those on the outside have to work doubly hard to have their voices heard within its walls.
The increasingly diverse student population and staff base, though, means that this needs to change. The increasing value attributed to expertise beyond the walls of the academy means that this needs to change.
In this performative paper (which will take place in my home and may or may not involve unintentional contributions from my family), I will bring together some of the insights from critical race theory (Collins, 1999), outsider theory (Eburne, 2018), and queer theory (Ahmed, 2006, 2012) to consider the relationship between the academy and to difference (Smith, 2015). Drawing on my own lived experience and knowledge as a practitioner working in research support and development, this paper combines musical extracts, poetry and literary fiction with insights from sociology, philosophy, education studies, and management studies to destabilise understandings of diversity and inclusion and, perhaps also, research itself. By dismantling some of the mythology that surrounds diversity work within Higher Education, I will explore the role individuals, leaders, and institutions can play in fostering more inclusive research environments that stretch well beyond the confines of the ivory tower.
Kieran Fenby-Hulse strongly believes that research needs to be inclusive, open and engaged and that now, more than ever, we need to create workplace environments that are fair, equitable and that enable all to excel. With over 15 years experience working in research and research management, Kieran has an in-depth experience of research policy, impact and engagement, and research capability development.
Kieran is currently the managing editor for the Journal of Research Management and Administration, a member of ARMA's Professional Development Committee and EDI Advisory Board, external examiner for the University of Strathclyde's PGCerts in Researcher Development and Knowledge Exchange, and External Advisor on Middle Career Development for the Society for Research into Higher Education. Recent publications include a study of the experiences of LGBTQ doctoral researchers and an edited collection on Research Impact and the Early Career Researcher. Currently, Kieran is working on a book on Inclusion in Higher Education.
This keynote is now available to view here.