Free time (1 of 2)

May 24, 2012

It is by no means only outside the academy that "Free-range thinkers" (3 May) plough their non-conventional furrows; and it is arguably essential for Foucauldian "fearless speech" to survive and thrive that at least some academics find the courage to refuse to collude with conventional "regimes of 'research' truth" - with the inevitable price to pay being exclusion from the research excellence framework, no research-grant brownie points, zero research-time allocation, little chance of meaningful promotion, and so on.

The principled refusal to play the Establishment research "game" not only reaffirms the critic's crucial cultural task a la Walter Benjamin, but also keeps open a creative innovative space for the kind of paradigmatic scientific transformation that, exactly 50 years on from Thomas Kuhn's seminal The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, a moribund late-modern technocratic culture so desperately needs.

Richard House, Research Centre for Therapeutic Education, University of Roehampton

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns