Positioning ourselves in our academic lives: exploring personal/professional identities, voice and agency

Alison Black, Gail Crimmins, Linda Gaye Henderson

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This paper provides a rationale for understanding personal/professional identities to support personal/professional learning and positioning in academe and higher education. It explains the importance of women writing and speaking out the stories of their lives (everyday and academic), having their voices heard and responded to, and using embodied knowledge to question and challenge workplace systems and structures of power and sexism and invisibility. Importantly, this paper opens the space for women’s visibility, voice and agency in academic and educational life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)530-544
Number of pages15
JournalDiscourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • agency
  • embodied knowledge
  • feminist politics
  • identities
  • Women in academe
  • writing as research

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