All the World’s a Stage: Players on the Academic Landscape

  • Michelle K. McGinn Brock University
  • Annabelle L. Grundy Ernest C. Drury School for the Deaf
  • Carmen Shields Nipissing University
  • Michael Manley-Casimir Brock University
  • Nancy E. Fenton University of Waterloo
Keywords: academic lives, belonging, marginalization, identity


In this article, we introduce the specific group of 15 scholars whose stories are featured throughout the collection. This article emphasizes the academics’ feelings of being excluded, with particular attention to their discussions of marginalization, lack of belonging, and identity struggles. Most notably, all found that the prevailing academic context made it difficult to establish and maintain a sense of belonging within academe.