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Clare O’Farrell’s blog on books, TV, films, Michel Foucault, universities etc. etc.

The intellectual par excellence used to be the writer: as a universal consciousness, a free subject, he was counterpoised to those intellectuals who were merely competent instances in the service of the state or capital — technicians, magistrates, teachers. Since the time when each individual’s specific activity begun to serve as the basis for politicization, …

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O’Farrell, Clare (1996). ‘Restoring the Scholarly Balance’ Campus Review, Comment, Jan 18-24, p.8. The text below was published in Campus Review in 1996. I think 20 years on, it may be too late to save the kind of university I am referring to in this piece – that is, a university which was essentially a …

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I have put together a general – but still very select – bibliography of material on open-plan office design, which you can download as a PDF. All items have links for easy consultation. The bibliography includes the following subheadings: Academic articles on open-plan: General Academic articles on open-plan: Universities Online newspaper and magazine articles/Websites: General …

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Academic Office Space: An argument against open-plan Clare O’Farrell May 2015 This post is also available as a PDF Additional general bibliography on open-plan office design Note: all the references in this text are listed at the end of this paper with hyperlinks for easy consultation. The anxiety of our era has to do fundamentally …

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In doing research on the whole question of open-plan offices for academics, I have come across an enormous amount of material which exposes the problems across all sectors and globally of the open-plan workplace. A particularly well-titled article by Oliver Burkeman appeared in The Guardian in November 2013: Open-plan offices were devised by Satan in …

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