Endurance: Intellectual Work Meets the Academic Institution


  • Jane Dawson


This article discusses the late Edward Said's (1994) Representations of the Intellectual, uses the metaphor of Sir Ernest Shackleton's expedition to the Antarctic on the Endurance, and reflects on my own academic work experience to examine the disjuncture and challenges involved in carrying out critical intellectual work in the context of the academic institution. It addresses the question of what we can do as academics to reclaim our voices as agents of change and promoters of critique and dissent.


About the Author

Jane Dawson is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Adult Education at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her areas of research interest include the experience of academic work, critically reflective practice, and arts-informed research. She can be contacted at jdawson111@gmail.com