Producing Pleasure in the Contemporary University

  • Stewart Riddle
  • Marcus K. Harmes
  • Patrick Alan Danaher

Part of the Bold Visions in Educational Research book series (BVER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Marcus K. Harmes, Patrick Alan Danaher, Stewart Riddle
    Pages 1-12
  3. Stewart Riddle
    Pages 25-36
  4. David Bright
    Pages 37-47
  5. Jennifer Charteris, Adele Nye, Marguerite Jones
    Pages 49-64
  6. Sarah Loch, Linda Henderson, Eileen Honan
    Pages 65-79
  7. Cecily Jensen-Clayton, Rena Macleod
    Pages 81-94
  8. Pauline Collins
    Pages 121-135
  9. Alison L. Black, Gail Crimmins, Janice K. Jones
    Pages 137-155
  10. Andrew Hickey, Robyn Henderson
    Pages 157-169
  11. Erich C. Fein, Rahul Ganguly, Thomas Banhazi, Patrick Alan Danaher
    Pages 171-184
  12. Kathryn Gilbey, Tracey Bunda
    Pages 185-199
  13. Susanne Gannon, Jo Lampert
    Pages 201-211
  14. Judy Gouwens, Kenneth P. King
    Pages 213-227
  15. Samuel Davies, Patrick Alan Danaher
    Pages 229-241
  16. Fred Dervin
    Pages 243-254
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 255-257

About this book


Academics working in contemporary universities are experiencing unprecedented and unsustainable pressure in an environment of hyper-performativity, metrics and accountability. From this perspective, the university produces multiple tensions and moments of crises, where it seems that there is limited space left for the intrinsic enjoyment arising from scholarly practices. This book offers a global perspective on how pleasure is central to the endeavours of academics working in the contemporary university, with contributors evaluating the opportunities for the strategic refusal of the quantifying, stultifying and stupefying delimiters of what is possible for academic production. The aim of this book is to open up spaces for conversation, reflection and thought, in order to think, to be and to do differently – pleasurably. Contributors rupture the bounds of what is permissible and possible within their daily lives, habits and practices. As such, this book addresses increasingly significant questions. What are some of the multiple and different ways that we can reclaim pleasure and enhance the durations and intensities of our passions, desires and becomings within the contemporary university? How might these aspirations be realised? What are the spaces for the pleasurable production of research that might be opened up? How might we reconfigure the neoliberal university to be a place of more affect, where desire, laughter and joy join with the work that we seek to undertake and the communities whom we serve?


universities neoliberalism professional identity academic culture pleasure

Editors and affiliations

  • Stewart Riddle
    • 1
  • Marcus K. Harmes
    • 2
  • Patrick Alan Danaher
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.University of Southern QueenslandAustralia
  2. 2.University of Southern QueenslandAustralia
  3. 3.University of Southern QueenslandAustralia
  4. 4.Central Queensland UniversityAustralia

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