(Re)claiming our soulful intuitive lives: initiating wildish energy into the academy through story, dreaming and connecting with mother earth

Linda Henderson, Alison L. Black, Prasanna Srinivasan

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Academia is narrowly focused on finite games and never-ending pursuits of competing, achieving and proving one’s worth. In this chapter, the authors ponder the risk of serving the function of academia’s patriarchal structures. They seek to move beyond lamenting and engage in containment to assert their intuition and attend to their wild, infinite and instinctual natures. In this chapter, the authors tap into their power as women and engage in writing/not-writing to support their wild, receptive and embodied ways of knowing and sensing. They bundle together their stories and dreaming and engage in processes of calling, bearing witness and responding to each other. This freedom in writing becomes a resource for listening, for ‘doing academia differently’ and for clarifying what is most important to them.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication(Re)birthing the Feminine in Academe
Subtitle of host publicationCreating Spaces of Motherhood in Patriarchal Contexts
EditorsLinda Henderson, Alison L. Black, Susanne Garvis
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9783030382117
ISBN (Print)9783030382100
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Gender and Education
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Print)2524-6445
ISSN (Electronic)2524-6453


  • In/finite games
  • Methodology of the heart
  • Neoliberalism
  • Not-writing
  • Wild time

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