Making Visible Collegiality of a Different Kind

  • Mark SelkrigEmail author
  • Ron “Kim” Keamy
  • Kirsten Sadler
  • Catherine Manathunga
Part of the Palgrave Critical University Studies book series (PCU)


The notions of “collegiality”, and the related term “colleagues” are often aligned with the work of academics in university settings, although these terms are slippery and contested. In this chapter, we explore the competing concepts and discourses that frame the notion of collegiality in a neoliberal university during supercomplex times. We offer ways to enact a collegiality of a different kind to buffer the current era of emotional insecurity, while also speaking truths back to the powerful impersonal university machine. We discuss how we have employed arts-informed methodologies to engage “colleagues” to reflect not only on the intellectual cognitive domain of the work we do, but also on the affective, emotional energy that features regularly in and throughout our work.


Collegiality Kindness Well-be(com)ing Academic work Neoliberal universities Affective domain 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Selkrig
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ron “Kim” Keamy
    • 2
  • Kirsten Sadler
    • 1
  • Catherine Manathunga
    • 3
  1. 1.College of Arts and EducationVictoria UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Melbourne Graduate School of EducationThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.School of EducationUniversity of the Sunshine CoastMaroochydoreAustralia

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