(Dis)Assembling the Neoliberal Academic Subject: When PhD Students Construct Feminist Spaces

  • Elizabeth AblettEmail author
  • Heather Griffiths
  • Kate Mahoney


The authors reflect on their experience of constructing a critical workshop for doctoral students and the paradox of becoming entangled in neoliberal practices when creating alternative spaces for resistance and change. By using the workshop as a conceptual framework of analysis, they interrogate their own feminist practices throughout the process and consider how these are embedded within the wider intensification of doctoral life. The chapter explores the tensions between solidarity and critique that the workshop produced, how creative activities such as zine-making challenge academic narratives of productivity, and the challenges of maintaining resistance and creating change beyond the delineated workshop space and into everyday doctoral practices.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth Ablett
    • 1
    Email author
  • Heather Griffiths
    • 2
  • Kate Mahoney
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK
  2. 2.Oxford Brookes Business SchoolOxford Brookes UniversityOxfordUK
  3. 3.Department of HistoryUniversity of EssexColchester, EssexUK

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