Yes, we can stop pretending that summer break is actually a break in academia. If anything, the summer months are an opportunity to shift one’s priorities. In my case, it’s a time to make research my only major task, while I continue with some academic and community service to avoid the monotony of research alone. Occasionally I work on my fall classes to avoid the mad-dash to get ready in August. I’ve also learned that self-care is crucial in the summer, perhaps even more so than during the fall and spring semesters. I will not be relaxed come late August just because I didn’t teach for three months; rather, I run the risk of being just as burnt out as I was at the end of the spring semester if I do not take a proper vacation. (And, I will be taking one in August.)
With that said, I will be taking a one-month vacation from the blog, and social media in general. Inspired by Fabio Rojas’s “blogcation” and Tanya Golash-Boza’s “information diet,” I have decided to take some time away from the unpaid labor of writing about academia, professional development, and social inequality, and, more specifically, the emotionally-draining battle against critics, trolls, and bigots. I aim to preemptively avoid the mistake that many advocates and activists make in failing to prioritize self-care. As much as “slow-boil activism” frustrates me, I am painfully aware that we must also take the long-view in our careers and in our efforts to make a difference. Much work remains to make academia an inclusive and humane place, and to make academic knowledge and research accessible beyond the ivory tower, so I want to be along for a long, long time. I will return to the blog, and social media in general, in September.
In the mean time, please check out a few recent posts:
- “On ‘Coming Out’ As Bipolar In Academia” and “Invisibly Ill: Notes on Being Academic and Bipolar” by Seth
- “Academic Versus Actual Definitions Of Bisexuality” Part I and Part II by J. Sumerau
- “‘Self-Care’ vs. ‘Soothing’: Not Necessarily So Warm And Fuzzy” by Grace Cale
- “How To Support A Scholar Who Has Come Under Attack” by me
- “Dear Department: I Quit” by anonymous
- “For Us, Self-Promotion Is Community Promotion” by me. (Also, reblogged on LSE’s Impact Blog.)
- “Why I Quit My PhD Program: Suggestions For Improving Graduate Programs” Part I and Part II by anonymous
- “Academic Freedom Won’t Protect Us” by me and “Adjuncting And Academic Freedom” by Jeana Jorgensen
- “Please, Stop Assuming I Am A Graduate Student!” by Angie L. Miller
- “On Conditional Gender Privilege” and “Vitae Transsexualis” by Jackson Wright Shultz
- To Be Conditionally Unaccepted: When You Are Denied Tenure” by Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder
- “The Impact Of Being Autistic In Academia” by Stella S.