Fostering Meaningful Relationships and Solidarity in Academia: Notes for an Academic Revolution.
Strong evidence exists within interdisciplinary knowledge that academia is increasingly becoming more elitist and oriented towards purely market values which are potentially negative, such as scholarly individualism, competition, and performance metrics. Studies show that both academics and students struggle with anxiety, stress, and burnout. More narrowly, the experiences of certain groups, such as women, and ethnic and religious minorities, are shaped by interacting forms of disadvantage and vulnerability. While we strongly demand universities to address toxic academic practices based on sexism, racism, classism, ableism and other hegemonic structures, it is vital that we find survival strategies to cope with the neoliberal academic culture. In my talk, I want to analyse and discuss with you the importance of friendships, meaningful relationships and intersectional solidarity as self-care strategies, as well as, key strategies for creating a healthier, happier, more inclusive and socially just university.
Mónica López López
Mónica López López obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Oviedo, Spain. She is an Associate Professor and Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences of the University of Groningen. For the last 15 years, Mónica has been actively seeking a way of improving child protection systems through research on decision-making, with a special interest in assessments and decisions of out-of-home placement and participation of children and families in decision-making.
Mónica has been involved in building several international research networks in Europe and Latin America. She is a board member of EUSARF, and she was the founder of the EUSARF Academy, a network for Ph.D. students and early careers conducting research in the field of child and family welfare.
She is the Coordinator of Internationalization for the Department of Pedagogical and Educational Sciences at the University of Groningen, and the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Summer & Winter Schools Programme of the University of Groningen. Mónica is the Academic Director of the Summer School on Gender and Intersectional Diversity.