Contextualizing Academic Lives

  • Michael Manley-Casimir
  • Nancy E. Fenton University of Waterloo
  • Michelle K. McGinn Brock University
  • Carmen Shields Nipissing University
Keywords: academic lives, belonging, history of universities, saga-keepers, academic mobbing


This article establishes a historical context for understanding academic lives. The focus is on the issues individuals face as they adopt and enact the role of academic, including their experiences as newcomers, interactions with saga-keepers, and the limits of their voice and role in new institutional environments.