Nothing very ‘academic’ at present! As some of you will be aware (excuse the pun), there has been some debate over the name of this network: ‘academic’ or ‘arts’. The debate has been because we don’t want to exclude people who are involved in the arts but work in other academic areas, and we don’t want to exclude those who write in the arts but not in the academic arena. However, given the areas and views of those who have so far contacted me, we are going to stay with ‘academic’.
Rebekah in England writes:
“I think it’s possible to write academically without a high level of formal training in academics, provided the ethos and intellectual rigour of academics is exercised… Perhaps ‘academic’ could be seen/presented not so much as an identity (‘I am an academic’) but a method or approach (‘I write academically’). In this way, arts writers who research and write in non-academic contexts can nonetheless share the values of thoughtful, careful research aimed as a contribution for the thoughts of others as well as for their own exploration of a topic.”
I agree with Rebekah and I like the way she has described an ‘academic’ approach to writing.
I have a number of ideas for ways in which we could work together, research together and/or support each other. But I thought that first up, you might like to introduce yourselves in the comments box below: about three sentences (name, country, area of work/interest) and tell us if there is some way we can support you (prayer, suggestions for solutions to problems?). Or, if you don’t want to give details in this context, then just say ‘hi’!
~ Debbie Bright, “Academic Writers & Researchers” Network Coordinator