The in/finite game of life: playing in the academy in the face of life and death

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Abstract

Inspired by the metaphor of 'the infinite game', this chapter utilises drama improv games as both a structural device and a methodological approach for narrative reflection on personal catalysts that have caused shifts in the way the authors choose to play the games of life and academic work. As in most improv games, the aim is to take joy in the process of playing and creating together rather than in point scoring or knocking each other out. The improvised product unfolds through this collaborative work, is refined by drawing on other authors to increase the repertoire of moves for enhancing understanding and is presented as a potential catalyst for others to consider their own engagement in sustaining the ultimate infinite game that really matters.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReimagining the Academy
Subtitle of host publicationShiFting Towards Kindness, Connection, and an Ethics of Care
EditorsAlison L. Black, Rachel Dwyer
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages241-258
Number of pages18
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9783030758592
ISBN (Print)9783030758585
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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