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What can be learnt from the strike
Who gets to have, and give, solidarity in the neoliberal university? Is solidarity even possible in an academy so savaged and pock-marked by casualisation? Wanting to examine these questions further we agreed to keep and share our ‘strike diaries’. Pertinently, we ask whether a feminist perspective that centres caring for ourselves and others can help find genuine opportunities for resistance and rejection of the neoliberal and managerial university. Here we (Sarah, fixed-term Teaching Fellow; Vikki, permanently-employed lecturer, at the outer limit of definition of ECR) some of our initial reflections on striking in the neoliberal university, casualisation, and the role of care and kindness in undertaking this form of labour.

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