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.
- "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)."
- "Its future is what we make of it."
- "Undeliberative teaching, subject as it is to econometrics, misses the very purpose of the enhanced means of measure it serves."
- "To find ourselves in this position suggests a double occupation, whereby Europeanisation, or more specifically, Anglosphericism, has had to accommodate itself to an already differently occupied place and its larger Oceanic setting."
- "(What is the technical solution, for instance, to global surveillance, which technology itself gave rise to?)"
- "This is the university we see: the university as a ‘garden of forking paths’, of paths of possibility."
- "(Strictly speaking, the land asks us to think about it, for ‘the land has eyes,’ to borrow the title of Vilsoni Heroniko’s film about Rotuma.)"
- "The shift in the weighting of research funding to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines, as is happening under current Government policy, may equally be viewed as simply an increase in investment in universities by the corporate interests that stand to benefit from such a partnership."
- "We say: perform the university, emulate it, occupy it, teach it with an ‘eye [."
- ".] that sees possibility ever’, in the words of our epigraph."