Stephen Turner teaches in the English Department at Auckland University. He writes and talks about migrancy, metropolitanism and the constitution of Aotearoa New Zealand. He is interested in ‘untenable objects’, which should not but do exist, which invoke care and courage, and which give us pause and prompt questions about the everyday and what we value. He also writes and talks with Sean Sturm on learning, writing and the university.
- "Instead, we reconstruct them, along with the university itself, on the basis of this questioning."
- "Teaching the emergency Here is where the Arts, supposedly redundant due to their econometric deficiency, actually come in handy."
- "If anyone knows anything about innovation, creativity, and enterprise—not to mention critique—it is scholars in the Arts, for whom these are everyday matters of practical concern."
- "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."
- "Is it innovative, for instance, to follow imperatives to be innovative?"
- "Otherwise, reflection on rules is reduced to the function of a programme: an app for critical thinking."
- "the ‘ill-logics’ of ‘a-human’ rationales)."
- "We are not in Europe now, or rather, the ‘Europe’ we occupy is the powerful penumbra of a differently centred place, a place called Aotearoa (‘The [land of the] long white cloud,’ namely, New Zealand), located in a ‘sea of islands,’ Te Moana nui a Kiwa (‘The great ocean of Kiwa,’ namely, the Pacific Ocean)."
- "So, we aim to give this land sides, to acknowledge that it is whenua tautohetohe (‘contested land’)."
- ".] that sees possibility ever’, in the words of our epigraph."