Writing myself into an academic career

Rowena Murray

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This chapter explains how I make space for writing – essential for academic career progression – in writer’s groups and writing retreats. While these spaces are simply about privileging writing over everything else, there is so much more going on, so many processes at work, particularly for women academics, and, in most national and higher education cultures, it is mostly women who use these spaces. As I progressed in my career, the spaces I made become more and more important, both to me and to others. This is where I work against efforts to ‘park’ and dismantle my career, throughout my career, efforts that intensified with each step in my progression. In these spaces I literally – to this day – write for my career, in the sense that I produce the written outputs I need to progress, but also write myself into a career, and, importantly, help other women to do so. I use social writing theory to analyse my experiences.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Positioning and Making of Female Professors
Subtitle of host publicationPushing Career Advancement Open
EditorsRowena Murray, Denise Mifsud
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9783030261870
ISBN (Print)9783030261863
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2019

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Gender and Education
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


  • Female Professors
  • Gendering
  • Theories


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