Sean Sturm is a lecturer in academic development in the Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education (CLeaR) at the University of Auckland. He teaches and writes about writing, teaching and learning in the university, often with Stephen Turner.
- "Our own ‘purpose’ is not simple replication, or rule recognition, though this is part of our teaching (of writing)."
- "The university is thus failing in its true mission if it does not prompt conversation about matters of local public and political import, that is, if it does not pose problems for language—and business—as usual (the public is itself constructed as the voice of contest and context in this conversation)."
- "To us, this normative drive is better understood as econometrically determined programming, or prescription, whereby the measure of performance itself determines what counts, for example, as innovation, or, to put it another way, knowledge creation becomes knowledge management."
- "Our object is to give them pause for thought as an act of social affirmation, where what is taken to be ‘social’ is constituted as such by a collective reflection and deliberation."
- "Its future is what we make of it."
- "Both the ‘where’ and the ‘with’ of this wherewithal are important to a university that is sensitive to contest and context, which is to say, to a local place and its peoples, and to the many worlds it withholds from view."
- "The university can hardly be a place where this, but not anything else, escapes pause, reflection and deliberation."
- "Indeed, the current global crises, financial, ecological, technological and military, suggest that teaching and learning is taking place in a global ‘state of emergency’."
- "(What is the technical solution, for instance, to global surveillance, which technology itself gave rise to?)"
- "Thinking the emergency Our literal method takes us beyond critique in the twentieth-century sense of unveiling ideology, premised on a caricature of Kantian transcendental idealism, to something that we might call emulation, or, to misread Alain Badiou, ‘immanent articulation' (emulating the immanent ‘agency of the letter’, perhaps)."