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.
- "Recently, at one New Zealand university, a traditional arts department hired four new full-time academics at different ranks, but within a few months was required by senior management to downsize its full-time academic staff."
- "They allow us to redirect energy from fire-fighting the absurdities of the system towards understanding, refusing and transgressing them critically and collectively."
- "Indeed, the very idea that we have the right to intellectual debate, collaborative inquiry and collective action within the university at times feels almost unthinkable."
- "Publications have become ‘outputs’; students are ‘clients’ who ‘invest’ in ‘quality assured’ education with a demonstrable ‘graduating profile’ keyed to ‘improving the national economy’."
- "Just imagine."
- "• Cultivate open access to as much scholarly research and writing as possible, especially peer-reviewed work."
- "Free universities in the UK, for example, are not only ‘a small but significant part of the fight for the right of all people [."
- "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."
- "This sort of practical-intellectual politics might take many forms, including occupying, opening and finding outsides."
- ".] have excellent links with major global employers who often contribute to the curriculum’."