In our target-driven academic culture, it can be difficult for scholars to find a deeper sense of meaning or worth in their research and teaching. This seminar, involving people from a number of different disciplines, is about the nature of ‘vocation’ and what it can tell us about the scholarly enterprise. Drawing on both spiritual and secular approaches, and speaking from personal and theoretical perspectives, the contributors will explore if and how their university work can be seen as a kind of ‘calling’ that transcends the immediate box-ticking requirements of the job. This is important, for it is surely only work done out of real conviction that is of the highest quality.
Those speaking at the event will include:
- Dr Philip Boobbyer (History)
- Dr Farzin Deravi (Engineering & Digital Arts)
- Professor Abdulrazak Gurnah (English)
- Dr Iain Mackenzie (Politics)
- Dr Stefan Rossbach (Politics)