Women Supervising and Writing Doctoral Theses

Walking on the Grass

by Lia Bryant, Katrina Jaworski, Valerie Adams, Christine Beasley, Lia Bryant, Judith Gill, Katrina Jaworski, Margaret Rowntree,

Walking on the Grass brings to life women’s experiences during their doctoral study and the experiences of women who supervise doctoral students. Sensations, reflections, and imaginations emerge through memories, histories, and different ways of narrating academic journeys. This book examines in depth, the emotional and embodied nature of writing, supervising, and inter-subjective learning. It makes visible ethics of care required in that liminal space in which supervisors and doctoral scholars work to shape and give confidence to the becoming academic. The book works through the politics of gender, sexuality, age, class, and ethnicity to understand meanings inherent in doctoral and supervisory relationships, reasons for entering academe, and how academic writing obtains form and content.

The significance of the book is its contribution to understanding academic thesis writing as complex emotional and embodied gendered labor rather than an instrumental activity in which to earn the title of Doctor of Philosophy.
  • Lexington Books; April 2015
  • ISBN 9780739182161
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
  • Title: Women Supervising and Writing Doctoral Theses
  • Author: Lia Bryant (ed.); Katrina Jaworski (ed.); Valerie Adams (contrib.); Christine Beasley (contrib.); Lia Bryant (contrib.); Judith Gill (contrib.); Katrina Jaworski (contrib.); Margaret Rowntree (contrib.); Mary-Helen Ward (contrib.)
  • Imprint: Lexington Books

In The Press

Students, researchers and teachers will be inspired by this book and by its lively attention to some of the less recognised issues and inequalities faced by women academics at every stage of their career. The book helps to challenge taken for granted and invisible assumptions about the gendering of the academy, opening up spaces for doing things differently and encouraging us to follow Virginia Woolf in ‘walking on the grass’.

About The Author

Lia Bryant is associate professor in sociology and social work and director for the Centre for Social Change in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, University of South Australia.

Katrina Jaworski is lecturer in the School of Communication and International Studies, University of South Australia. She is also a visiting research fellow at the School of History and Politics, University of Adelaide.