We Only Talk Feminist Here

Feminist Academics, Voice and Agency in the Neoliberal University

  • Briony Lipton
  • Elizabeth Mackinlay

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Briony Lipton, Elizabeth Mackinlay
    Pages 1-25
  3. Briony Lipton, Elizabeth Mackinlay
    Pages 27-59
  4. Briony Lipton, Elizabeth Mackinlay
    Pages 61-84
  5. Briony Lipton, Elizabeth Mackinlay
    Pages 85-113
  6. Briony Lipton, Elizabeth Mackinlay
    Pages 115-124
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 125-128

About this book


Drawing upon interviews and conversations with feminist academics as well as the authors’ own individual and shared experiences, this book sets out a contemporary account of what it might mean to “only talk feminist” in contemporary university settings and demonstrates the performative and discursive moves feminist academics make to fight for and flee to feminist spaces in the newly corporatized and commercialized neoliberal university.

Briony Lipton is a PhD Candidate in the School of Sociology, The Australian National University, Australia. Her current research explores the relationship between academic women, feminism, neoliberalism, university leadership, and gender equality in Australian higher education. 

Elizabeth Mackinlay is Associate Professor in the School of Education, University of Queensland, Australia. Her current research projects include the politics and pedagogies of Indigenous Australian studies, mentoring Indigenous pre-service teachers, autoethnography, and feminism in higher education. 


Academia Neoliberalization Gender Justice Performativity Marketization Feminism Discourse Academic women Voice Agency Speaking Silences Narrative Autoethnography

Authors and affiliations

  • Briony Lipton
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Mackinlay
    • 2
  1. 1.The Australian National UniversitySchool of Sociology The Australian National UniversityActonAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationUniversity of Queensland School of EducationBrisbaneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-40077-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-40078-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2524-6445
  • Series Online ISSN 2524-6453
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