Re: [-empyre-] Academic Aggression
It is one of these happy coincidences - I hope, at least - because I´ve just saw
a conference in a Seminar I am following in Rio and it was all about that. The
name of the guy is Espen Aarseth, from the Copenhagen University. Try it at the
W's'W and Google to see what comes up. He is very akin to the subject and a very
Citando Christian McCrea <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> Greetings all,
> I'm struggling with a section of my thesis, which is largely on
> games/affect/social networks, and I've begun to find some fruit in
> comparing the behaviour of academics online to the behaviour of
> gameplayers in online environments.
> (I.e. - the type of aggression and gendered authoritarian behaviour
> that is being talking about recently.)
> I'm interested in how academics interact specifically on lists like
> f/c and empyre, and on each other's blogs, and at conferences.
> My interest is in game studies - that has enough manifestations of aggressive
> intellectual behaviour; the ludology vs. narratology question created
> as many questions about academic responsibility as it posed about
> interactivity. Recently, there has been some fascinating exchanges
> here about aggression, and even a couple of examples. I'd like
> to hear how people account for these phenomena and how important they
> are to the conducting of their arguments. Is it discouraging or
> I'm aware that posts starting with "I'd like to hear your thoughts
> about ____ " end up unanswered; I've included my own points of
> fascination here. Even if you have a comment about a particular stoush
> between thinkers, I'd like to hear about it, as research into
> particular events will naturally become part of the process of the
> section in my thesis;
> - Fights and debates about the particular use of words; creation of
> authority over meaning.
> - Responding to an argument versus attempts to negate an argument.
> - The role of gender in academic oneup(wo)manship
> - Can collaborate projects create bridges?
> - Recent debates about "academics vs. activists"
> - Jostling for better job positions
> Christian McCrea
> PhD Candidate
> School of Art History, Cinema, Classics and Archeology
> Melbourne University
> "Keep braiding one's wavelengths back into oneself. That way they gain
> all the more external power and surround us with a huge affective and
> protective zone. Don't talk about this. Never talk about our secret
> methods. If we talk about them, they stop working."
> â?? Jean Cocteau, from "The Cocteau Diaries", Volume One
> empyre forum
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