How the University Works

Call to Arms for Academic Labor
In the 1990s, Marc Bousquet was among the graduate students in English who led a rebellion against the powers-that-be in the Modern Language Association, demanding more attention to their bleak job prospects and attacking their sense that senior members of the profession were clueless about the lives of those working as their teaching assistants. Bousquet and others helped elect new leaders to the MLA’s board, spent long hours with leading literary figures talking about the realities of grad student life, and are credited with nudging the association and many senior scholars into a greater awareness of what was going on. Indeed at this year’s MLA convention, as is the norm of late, job market issues and the treatment of adjuncts were frequently discussed….read more at Inside Higher Education

Also, see the blog by Marc Bousquet, added to the Open Anthropology blogroll: