A Dictionary of Academic Terms That Is Also a Meditation on Work

Posted
March 16, 2018

Keywords. Photo courtesy of Wokandapix. CC0 Creative Commons.

At first glance—and it would be a pretty long glance—"Keywords; For Further Consideration and Particularly Relevant to Academic Life, Especially as It Concerns Disciplines, Inter-Disciplinary Endeavor, and Modes of Resistance to the Same," authored by a cohort that calls itself “A Community of Inquiry” and published by Princeton University Press, would seem to indulge, rather flagrantly, in the academic sport of obfuscation. But this, of course, is the point... “Keywords” consists of short entries on terms relevant to campus life, such as “audience,” “school,” “teaching,” and “text,” all of which have specialized meanings for professors who devote years to bringing obscure short stories or thinkers back into the light. The result is a slim, passionate, and funny book, the kind of item that you could imagine next to the checkout counter of a small bookshop, at least in a college town. Read more at The New Yorker.

 

Keywords; For Further Consideration and Particularly Relevant to Academic Life, &c. Authored by a Community of Inquiry. Edited by D. Graham Burnett, Matthew Rickard & Jessica TerekhovKeywords; For Further Consideration and Particularly Relevant to Academic Life, Especially as It Concerns Disciplines, Inter-Disciplinary Endeavor, and Modes of Resistance to the Same

Authored by a Community of Inquiry
Edited by D. Graham Burnett, Matthew Rickard, and Jessica Terekhov