Closed Doors: Academic Collegiality, Isolation, Competition and Resistance in the Contemporary Australian University

  • Briony LiptonEmail author


This chapter is an exploration of how academic collegiality is constructed in and shaped by the spaces of the neoliberal university. Based on a series of in-depth qualitative interviews with women academics at several Australian universities as well as critical autoethnographic reflections. It is possible to see how collegiality is a set of gendered practices and performances rather than a quality or virtue. In this chapter academic women articulate the complexity and contradiction of collegiality discourse, and how as a consequence, women are rendered invisible in various academic spaces. This chapter thus also reveals how academic women have created alternative abstract and lived spaces for feminist collectivity in the changing internationalised higher education environment.


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  1. 1.The Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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