The academic sabbatical as a symbol of change in higher education: From rest and recuperation to hyper-performativity

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Abstract

The sabbatical provides an important illustration of the changing nature of academic life and is a symbol of the growing demands of performativity. Drawing on historical literature and archival sources concerning university sabbaticals at Australian and English universities, the paper demonstrates that underlying assumptions about its purposes have changed slowly, but markedly, over time. A shift has occurred from a conception of the sabbatical as a period of rest, recuperation and academic travel to one of hyper-productivity. This change is linked to the emergence of the so-called research university, the rise of performativity, and the increasing demands of an audit culture. The academic sabbatical is also an often forgotten but significant indicator of the internationalisation of universities in the nineteenth and early to mid-twentieth century. Copyright © 2022 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Higher Education Policy and Management
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 02 Nov 2022

Citation

Macfarlane, B. (2022). The academic sabbatical as a symbol of change in higher education: From rest and recuperation to hyper-performativity. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1360080X.2022.2140888

Keywords

  • Sabbatical
  • Neoliberalisation
  • Performativity
  • Internationalisation
  • Audit
  • Academic travel

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