Throwntogetherness

or, the juxtaposition of previously unrelated trajectories

‘Potty Pauses’

I normally avoid talking about toilet-training and elimination communication on my blog — not because it is not interesting and worthwhile, but because it has become so much part of … Continue reading

January 11, 2016 · 1 Comment

Commoning in a post-quake city

As part of a new area of research, I’d love to share my new mini-doco with you all. It’s about the new forms of ‘commoning’ that have arisen since the … Continue reading

January 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Enacting a postcapitalist politics

So it has been quite a long time since I blogged — mostly because the second half of 2015 was taken up with intense teaching and a return to fulltime … Continue reading

January 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

When it comes to giving birth, having the right to choose is not the only thing that matters…

In her book The Logic of Care: Healthcare and the Problem of Patient Choice, Annemarie Mol relates a story that partially prompted her philosophical investigation into choice and care in … Continue reading

June 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

Book Excerpt: Babywise or Hybridise?

The following is an ‘interlude’ that will appear between two chapters of my book, provisionally titled: Guarding Life: A Postcapitalist Politics of Hygiene. The excerpt focuses on the presence of an … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · 4 Comments

Insecurities as a mum-employee

Today I had a major work-fail moment. I was organising honours students presentations, and had already underorganised that normally-well-attended event. It was first thing in the morning following a public … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 5 Comments

Writing First Year Geography Lectures

I’ve been very quiet in the blogosphere recently. Mostly because I have been preparing new lectures for a section of a first year course I am teaching. I taught first … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Academic mothering: reflections from guest blogger Dr Ann Hill

My friend and colleague Ann Hill has contributed a blog post for me today, inspired by the conversations we have had about managing our academic and mothering practices. Dr Ann … Continue reading

April 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

Update on Sleep Deprivation, or, Magnesium, where have you been all my mothering life?

Last week I was chronically sleep deprived, and even when my son was managing to sleep at night, I was often lying awake thinking about work and relationships. This has … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · 5 Comments

Mums and sleep deprivation

So, I am really tired. I am also coming down with something, or just struggling against a low-grade cold. My son is sleeping better this week, but even when he … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · 3 Comments

Yes, we know. Christians repurpose pagan festivals.

Well, you know it is a major Christian festival when the academic and social media sites I frequent put out yet another ‘expose’ of Christianity. I yawned at another article … Continue reading

April 6, 2015 · 4 Comments

On writing: Spew drafts in the Phd process

I have recently been working through a book with some PhD students in my department. The book is Alison B Miller’s Finish Your Dissertation Once and For All! How to … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · 3 Comments

Frocks on Bikes

I am a frock cyclist. If I have to get changed to use my bike, I am unlikely to bother. I am actually more likely to cycle when I am … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Managing Maternity-related Gaps in your CV Part II: Upbeat ways to make caring work visible

When it comes to applying for jobs as a mother, there seems to be two approaches to explaining any gaps in your CV. The first approach is to maintain that … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

Managing Maternity-Related CV Gaps Part I: The ‘ideal fit’

Early career researchers are often applying for a limited number of jobs in a really competitive market. In New Zealand, this is compounded by the fact that universities are partly … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Small victory for breastfeeding on campus

Last year I bought a semester parking ticket because, even though I bike or walk in each day, my husband parks near my building and brings the baby up for … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

Gender, Personality, and Social change

I have recently been reading David Keirsey‘s book Please Understand Me II, having read Please Understand Me in the first edition many years ago. He uses the Myer-Briggs personality categories … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Breastfeeding and academic travel

So, I have been the primary income earner in all my 14 years of marriage. And in that time, I have had three children. I breastfed my first two for … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · 6 Comments

Holiday Homeschooling

In a previous post about the parallels between education and maternity care  I argued that although public health and public education are extremely important for equity reasons, informed homebirthing and … Continue reading

January 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Emotional Labour: An update

In the previous posts ‘Wife of a Stay-at-Home Husband’ and ‘How to get children to help around the house’  I began to think about shifting out of the role of … Continue reading

January 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

My Community Economies Work

I regularly update my profile on the Community Economies website. If you are interested in reading more of my work in this area, see my profile.

January 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

How to get children to help around the house.

The wonderful Avalon Darnesh shares her grounded and compassionate strategies for getting children to help around the house. I need to do this. Want more help around the home? In … Continue reading

September 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Education and Maternity Care: Public, Home or Private?

I have long been aware of the statistics that place planned homebirth on a par with public hospital births in terms of best outcomes for mothers and babies. For just … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

Wife of a stay-at-home husband

There seems to be a misconception out there that having a stay at home husband is some kind of pinnacle of feminist achievement. You go out, focus on your rewarding … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · 7 Comments

Women in Worship

My life seems to be a juxtaposition of multiple contradictions, which I am constantly trying to reconcile. One such apparent contradiction is my commitments to both Christianity and feminism. Now, … Continue reading

August 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Throwntogetherness — or the juxtaposition of previously unrelated trajectories

‘Throwntogetherness’ is a term that feminist geographer Doreen Massey uses to describe a particular quality of space that she admires. And by space she means the site where a multiplicity … Continue reading

August 19, 2014 · Leave a comment