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.
- "Undeliberative teaching, subject as it is to econometrics, misses the very purpose of the enhanced means of measure it serves."
- "In the first instance, the making of rules may have involved making the most of an accident: a tree that provides shelter becomes a house; a rock that serves to cut becomes a tool."
- "With regard to the second sense, it is our task, as Walter Benjamin puts it, ‘to bring about a real state of emergency’."
- "A real university is always situated, always face-to-face, despite the technological utopia and technical feasibility of e-learning and cloud teaching (the logic of university administration means that it should entirely outsource teaching, so that students would download superior lectures from Harvard, and make all university employees administrators)."
- "Herein lies the wherewithal that we call worlding or possibilism."
- "The land on which our university lies makes it a pluriversity, a place of many worlds—and makes it plain that the university per se ought to be seen likewise."
- "The university is conceivably any place where this occurs."
- "We reject this kind of ‘end-stopped’ thinking, which reduces thinking to mere calculation in advance and participation to the managed consensus of ‘consultation,’ in which even the strongest objections are considered merely ‘positive feedback’ and evidence of ‘robust’ processes."
- "Our first response is to address the misbegotten language of the terms in which social crises are articulated, and to thereby give sides to issues that cannot be resolved by more or better programming."
- "We say: perform the university, emulate it, occupy it, teach it with an ‘eye [."