There is a struggle for survival going on at universities but we’ve been drawing battle lines in all the wrong places
When news broke about the University of Sydney’s decision not to fund a replacement for the retiring chair of Australian literature, it caused outrage – and rightfully so. But this battle is about more than just this one academic position, and it seems to me as if the battle lines have been drawn in the wrong places.
The division between Australian literature “inside” and “outside” the academy – a division we’ve seen raised in recent media coverage of this issue – is a false one. It doesn’t exist.