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How can we ‘Live within the Truth’ within neoliberal academia? In this short paper I will depict the Havelian notion of a post-totalitarian citizen and re-shape and apply it in a story that focuses on a Lecturer in the New Zealand tertiary sector. The Story of the Lecturer This story tells a tale of the ordinary, everyday life/work experience of a Lecturer, who coordinates an educational course, and who, in a Havelian sense, questio...

...trast, an 'Atenisi graduation celebration does not stand on ceremony. There are no dour processions to organ music. The Tongan word malie expresses a joyful harmony that also intensifies the surrounding social order. Visiting lecturers from western societies often fret around graduation times at 'Atenisi because preparations for the big event seem to be too casual or unhurried. Soon they realise that this is because everyone knows their role in T...

...poloi, transpolitically by the power game . . .’. As we leap off the bus and into a lecture theatre, confronted by a dual- screened slideshow with embedded video clips, and fix our attention onto the small figure of the lecturer far below, are we playing with or against our innate capacity for physically-grounded learning and thinking? Where is the persistence hunter within us, as we gaze at the PowerPoint display? In this kind of world wal...

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