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.
- "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."
- "We realise that this literality is heretical because it exposes the empty consensus of doctrine—in this case, the feedback loop of managed consensus (to give an example of literality as heresy, St Francis of Assisi exposed the interest of the Church in feudal property relations by taking literally the vow of poverty)."
- "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."
- "The erratological (from the Latin errare, ‘to wander, roam, ramble’ or ‘to be mistaken’) engagement we advocate—a kind of ‘wandering thought’—takes all sorts of forms: in ‘asking after’ rules, it can deform, defuse, assume power in alternate forms, and so on."
- "In it, people think ‘outside the box,’ which is to say in ‘innovative’, ‘creative’ or ‘entrepreneurial’ (ICE) clichés (‘crystallised thinking’), because they cannot think what a box is or does."
- "The many worlds of the pluriversity The name Argos, allied in Greek mythology with the epithet panoptes (all-seeing) as Argus panoptes, implies an unwearying watcher, and, as the primordial ‘lord of the neatherd’ (herdsman), the very name of the land he watches."
- "Undeliberative teaching, subject as it is to econometrics, misses the very purpose of the enhanced means of measure it serves."
- "As Ronald Barnett argues, ‘a university that takes seriously both the world’s interconnectedness and the university’s interconnectedness with the world’ is ecological, a university that ‘does not merely take its networking seriously but engages actively with the world in order to bring about a better world.'"
- "Instead of simply executing and extending such scripts, we ask after their rationales."
- "To take such language literally, then, is to ask after the letter of such scripts."