Theory, Desire, and Maternity: At Work in Academia

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Abstract

It is the first day of my annual leave and here I am revising this paper for publication while my daughter is at her father's work Christmas party. This predicament, of being on leave and working, of needing to take leave from my daughter in order to write, seems ironic given that I want to argue for a more productive and enabling discussion of maternity at work in academia. But write I must, and without her, even though my desire is to collapse the separation installed between work and 'life'. So often the argument works this way: where work 'intrudes' on life, and yet there are plenty of times when my work bends around her - or even emanates from her. While this capacity is possibly one unique to academic life, it is an aspect that I want to foreground in an attempt to undo some of the tight knots of rhetoric currently strengthening the debates around work/life balance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-33
JournalHecate: an interdisciplinary journal of women's liberation
Volume32
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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