Prefigurative talk and academic conversation

Academic discussion typically appears as clustered conversations. This post focuses on the dilemma posed by prefigurative contributions, which deliberately misread the conversation, treating it as if it were the one that ought to be taking place, even though speakers know the actual conversation is otherwise. Can prefigurative contributions, where authors engage mainly with their own interior voices, […]

Should we value academic fashions?

Fashions come and go, but what about academic or intellectual fashions? Are they like any other, with the same pleasures and limitations? Should ideas be protected from the vagaries and currencies of what is current? Googling the phrase “academic fashion” produces a lot of hits – almost all address the question of what to wear. […]