The Open Book

Stories of Academic Life and Writing or Where We Know Things

  • Ninna Meier
  • Charlotte Wegener

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Ninna Meier, Charlotte Wegener
    Pages 1-7
  3. Ninna Meier, Charlotte Wegener
    Pages 9-18
  4. Ninna Meier, Charlotte Wegener
    Pages 19-31
  5. Ninna Meier, Charlotte Wegener
    Pages 33-37
  6. Ninna Meier, Charlotte Wegener
    Pages 39-47
  7. Ninna Meier, Charlotte Wegener
    Pages 49-58
  8. Ninna Meier, Charlotte Wegener
    Pages 59-69
  9. Ninna Meier, Charlotte Wegener
    Pages 71-79
  10. Ninna Meier, Charlotte Wegener
    Pages 81-86
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 87-88

About this book


The Open Book is a radical genre blend: it is an experimental co-memoir exploring the role of writing in academia. It contains stories about life without censoring and without distinguishing between traditional work/life domains and academic/non-academic ways of writing. This is done through discussions of conferences, research collaborations, supervision, taboo pleasures of ‘fun’ writing projects, the temptations of other work, and the everyday life encounters and experiences that stimulate academic thought and writing. Some of the main characters you will meet are researchers, their colleagues and students, sons and daughters, mothers and grandmothers, husbands (past and present), supervisors, pets, old and new friends, and creatures from myths and dreams. Some of the settings include kitchens, fireplaces, couches, gardens, universities, cars, and trains. These characters and places are all there to help examine what the above elements of an ordinary human life might mean in research and for research. Thus, it becomes possible for you as a reader to recognize the stories as both truly human and genuinely academic. This is the first book in a series of publications and projects from the Open Writing Community: a collaboration of academics from different disciplines and countries that seeks to push the boundaries of how we understand and practice academic work and writing.


open writing autobiography research philosophy knowing

Authors and affiliations

  • Ninna Meier
    • 1
  • Charlotte Wegener
    • 2
  1. 1.Aalborg UniversityDenmark
  2. 2.Aalborg UniversityDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6300-989-8
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