Mark Amsler is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Auckland (NZ). His teaching and research includes literacy studies, critical theory, semiotics, sociolinguistics and medieval studies. He recently published Affective Literacies: Writing and Multilingualism in the Later Middle Ages, and is currently completely a book on pragmatic discourses and heterodox communities, entitled How to Do Things with Words, 1100-1500.
- "From the vantage point of different institutions, countries and stages of career, we have witnessed how organised capitalism remakes the university through the constant restructuring of our everyday lives and horizons of possibility for critical work."
- "Where critical concepts have been resemanticised for marketing purposes, reclaim them if you can, and create new common languages."
- "We now live in New Zealand and England, two countries in which the transformation of the university is embedded in state-driven marketisation and aggressively neoliberal policies."
- "Critical dialectical thinking and relationships function not only as resistance by negation."
- "Dialectical practice can help us move beyond the unthinkable to create spaces for democratic, even humanistic transformation in higher education by foregrounding the tensions between cultural and political criticism as action."
- "By 1998, more than 40% of teachers in US higher education were employed part time, as adjuncts or non-tenure-track staff (Part-Time, 1998:5)."
- "How can we occupy them otherwise?"
- "They allow us to redirect energy from fire-fighting the absurdities of the system towards understanding, refusing and transgressing them critically and collectively."
- "How can we revolutionise or reassemble teaching and research by altering the thoughts and practices according to which the logic of organized capitalism is sustained and legitimised?"
- "We believe it is essential to teach and critically explore our subjects and questions with our students in universities that contribute to human flourishing and imagining rather than only or primarily commercial interests or pre-determined goals."