By: millie.rooney | August 02, 2015

This is a  slightly modified version of a piece I originally published on a different blog in November 2013.

Recently The Conversation published a piece by Julian Burnside which resonated with me and the work that I do. While Burnside was writing in the context of the Australian response to asylum seekers, much of what he wrote about gets to the heart of what I think is an important contribution of my own work.

Burnside argues an increasing sense of disconnection, felt by an increasing number of people, is a major problem in contemporary Australian life. He writes:

People are disconnected so they are not heard, then they shout louder, and are still not heard, so they shout louder and louder until people become afraid of them and shun them...

By: millie.rooney | August 02, 2015

The Asparagus Revolution took place on the 19th of May, 2015; a great uprising in defence of dignity and integrity threatened by insecure tenure.  It was a day when I finally got a grip on my life and remembered that at heart I am a fighter and that it was time once again to take up the challenge. And you know what? Life post revolution has been better than it’s been in a long time…

But I’m getting ahead of myself, before the revolution there was the long march through what some in the academic arena know as ‘Shit Valley’. The emotional awfulness of the conditions in which I work has become so much a part of me that these days I struggle to articulate it. Thankfully in a lucid moment some months ago, I wrote it down:

I've cried before wor...

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