Should I Stay or Should I Go?
If you are in Brisbane, feel free to come along to the final MACS meeting for 2008. If you can’t make it, I would urge you join in the discussion anyway: you are welcome to comment here, or on the MACS Facebook page.
Friday, October 10, 2008
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Seminar Room, level 4,
Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies
The University of Queensland
Mobility is a big issue for many early career researchers. If you stay at one institution for too long you risk being labelled as intellectually unadventurous; if you move too often then people wonder what you’ve done wrong. Moving institutions can expose people to new modes of thought, new experiences, but can also be seen as disloyalty to the institution that nurtured you. Many universities use rhetoric that speaks about attracting and keeping the best people, but also actively discourage (if not structurally prevent) their own graduates from applying for local postdocs.
Moving away from your home institution can bring a refreshing new perspective on life and work, but there are the costs of moving away from support networks of friends and family, and starting anew in a different city or country. As many of us are workers on short (or shortish) term contracts, these are questions we must face with some regularity.
This month we will hear the views of three people with different experiences, and try to answer the question “should I stay, or should I go” (with apologies to The Clash):
Peta Mitchell has been based in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History (formerly the Department of English) at UQ since her undergraduate degree, and now lectures there in writing and publishing.
Mel Gregg grew up on Bruny Island, Tasmania and first moved to the big city of Hobart to complete high school. After finishing her Honours degree at the University of Tasmania she completed her doctoral work at the University of Sydney, before moving to the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at UQ.
Zala Volčič completed her undergraduate studies at Ljubljana University, Slovenia, and her PhD in Media Studies at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA. She has worked as an assistant professor of International Communication at Franklin College/University in Lugano, Switzerland; at Maribor University in Slovenia; the University of Skopje in Macedonia; and had a Research position at the Centre for Advanced Study in Sofia, Bulgaria. Zala is now a University of Queensland Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies.