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Between Academic Pimping and Moral Harassment in Higher Education: an Autoethnography in a Brazilian Public University

Abstract

It is shocking to notice that universities still research few of what daily happens inside their walls. Even though knowledge amount to just a small part of the numerous things that are produced in/between academic relations, it is rare to find investigations in which academic modus operandi is the research focus. The text relies on references like Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari to investigate the subjectivities produced in Academia’s daily routines. With attention to experiences, to what many times is naturalized and said only in the corridors and behind the scenes, this paper uses autoethnography as its method with the aim of analysing academic relations in the context of a Brazilian public university. The narratives constructed here are traversed by songs, lived situations, and affectations. Stories that deal with trajectories of a professor since his arrival at a new workplace. E-mails, threats, exoneration. What is considered to be normal in Academia? What still shocks and affect us? The paper draws on concepts like moral harassment and academic pimping to guide the written narratives and to deepen analyses built throughout the paper. How is it possible to de-naturalize what we daily do in universities? Without predefined or definite answers, the text questions the ways how we relate to each other in Academia and stimulates reflections on the impacts of our academic relations, not only to work itself, but also to the lives of the involved ones.

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This work was supported by the Portuguese national funding agency for science, research and technology (FCT), under the Project UID/SOC/04521/2013.

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Valentim, I.V.L. Between Academic Pimping and Moral Harassment in Higher Education: an Autoethnography in a Brazilian Public University. J Acad Ethics 16, 151–171 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10805-018-9300-y

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Keywords

  • Higher education
  • Academia
  • Autoethnography
  • Teachers’ work
  • Moral harassment
  • Bullying