Zombies in the Academy (Book)

Living Death in Higher Education

Zombies in the Academy taps into the current popular fascination with zombies and brings together scholars from a range of fields, including cultural and communication studies, sociology, film studies, and education, to give a critical account of the political, cultural, and pedagogical state of the university through the metaphor of zombiedom. The contributions to this volume argue that the increasing corporatization of the academy–an environment emphasizing publication, narrow research, and the vulnerability of the tenure system– is creating a crisis in higher education best understood through the language of zombie culture–the undead, contagion, and plague, among others. Zombies in the Academy presents essays from a variety of scholars and creative writers who present an engaging and entertaining appeal for serious recognition of the conditions of contemporary humanities teaching, culture, and labor practices.

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Zombies in the Academy taps into the current popular fascination with zombies and brings together scholars from a range of fields, including cultural and communications studies, sociology, film studies, and education, to give a critical account of the political, cultural, and pedagogical state of the university through the metaphor of zombiedom. The contributions to this volume argue that the increasing corporatization of the academy - an environment emphasizing publication, narrow research, and a vulnerable tenure system - is creating a crisis in higher education best understood through the language of zombie culture: the undead, contagion, and plague, among others. Zombies in the Academy presents essays from a variety of scholars and creative writers who present an engaging and entertaining appeal for serious recognition of the conditions of contemporary humanities teaching, culture, and labour practices.

Andrew Whelan teaches sociology at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Ruth Walker teaches academic writing at the University of Wollongong.

Christopher Moore is a lecturer in media communication at Deakin University, Australia.

Introduction
 
SECTION 1: ZOMBIFICATION IN THE CORPORATE UNIVERSITY 
 
First as tragedy, then as corpse 
Andrew Whelan
 
‘Being’ post-death at Zombie University 
Rowena Harper
 
University life, zombie states and reanimation 
Rowan Wilken and Christian McCrea
 
The living dead and the dead living: contagion and complicity in contemporary universities 
Holly Randell-Moon, Sue Saltmarsh and Wendy Sutherland-Smith
 
Zombie solidarity 
Ann Deslandes and Kristian Adamson
 
The Journal of Doctor Wallace 
David Slattery
 
SECTION 2: MORIBUND CONTENT AND INFECTIOUS TECHNOLOGIES 
 
Zombie processes and undead technologies 
Christopher Moore
 
The botnet: webs of hegemony/zombies who publish 
Martin Paul Eve
 
The intranet of the living dead: software and universities 
Jonathan Paul Marshall
 
Virtual learning environments and the zombifi cation of learning and teaching in British universities 
Nick Pearce and Elaine Tan
 
Mapping zombies: a guide for digital pre-apocalyptic analysis and post-apocalyptic survival 
Mark Graham, Taylor Shelton and Matthew Zook
 
Infectious textbooks 
Gordon S. Carlson and James J. Sosnoski
 
SECTION 3: ZOMBIE LITERACIES AND PEDAGOGIES 
 
Undead universities, the plagiarism ‘plague’, paranoia and hypercitation 
Ruth Walker
 
EAP programmes feeding the living dead of academia: critical thinking as a global antibody 
Sara Felix
 
Zombies in the classroom: education as consumption in two novels by Joyce Carol Oates 
Sherry R. Truffin
 
Queer pedagogies in zombie times: parody, neo-liberalism and higher education 
Daniel Marshall
 
Zombies are us: the living dead as a tool for pedagogical reflection 
Shaun Kimber
 
Escaping the zombie threat by mathematics 
Hans Petter Langtangen, Kent-Andre Mardal and Pål Røtnes
 
Toward a zombie pedagogy: embodied teaching and the student 2.0 
Jesse Stommel
 
SECTION 4: THE POST-APOCALYPTIC TERRAIN 
 
‘Sois mort et tais toi’: zombie mobs and student protests 
Sarah Juliet Lauro
 
Living-dead man’s shoes? Teaching and researching glossy topics in a harsh social and cultural context 
David Beer
 
Feverish homeless cannibal 
George Pfau
 
A report on the global Viral Z outbreak and its impact on higher education 
Howard M. Gregory II and Annie Jeffrey
 

'The mindless focus on centres of learning as corporate entities, in which publication for its own sake, tenuous tenure and narrow research is the order of the day, is producing an intellectually dead environment in which bureaucratic zombies are sucking the life out of teaching and learning' 

David Canter Social Science Space

'This volume utilizes the metaphor of the zombie to explore what it means to learn and teach within a system bereft of genuine animation, vitality and free will.' 

Canadian Association of University Teachers bulletin
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