October 30, 2019 3:00 PM - 4:00 PMHC 3-95 (Salter Reading Room)
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“Against Tenure” investigates the working conditions of contract academic staff at Canadian—publicly-funded—universities, where more and more academics work outside of a tenure-track system. Divided into three parts, the talk places employee demographics in the Department of English and Film Studies in the context of both university trends and national trends. It contextualizes current debates about inequity on university campuses within a larger historical context to disambiguate the terms academic freedom, job security, and tenure. Finally, it wrestles with the myriad of ways in which tenure is at odds with academic freedom and proposes possible steps to promote both equity and the circulation of challenging ideas in a post-tenure landscape.