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Teaching videos for the job-market?

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In the comments section of our newest "how can we help you?" thread, Jeremy writes: Something I've been wondering about: Do you think there is any benefit to taking videos of, e.g., lectures, talks/presentations, etc. and sharing them in one's portfolio in the relevant place? The advantage, I would think, is that it serves as further evidence of the kinds of claims one is making about teaching/research skills. My guess is that 99% of committees will ignore them, but that it couldn't hurt to put them out there. I'm reasonably confident about the former, but less so about the latter. In response, another reader wrote: [T]he catch is you have no right to video record your students. You would need them to sign release forms, and to be given the option to leave the lecture that day. Certainly this is the case in America. Fair enough - but suppose you were to get permission. Is there any chance of it benefiting a candidate by having a link to a teaching video in. . .

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The Government of Desire: A Genealogy of the Liberal Subject

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2018.09.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Miguel de Beistegui, The Government of Desire: A Genealogy of the Liberal Subject, University of Chicago Press, 2018, 295pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780226547374. Reviewed by John Protevi, Louisiana State University Miguel de Beistegui attempts here what Foucault called a "critical ontology of ourselves." His point of departure is examining the way we lead our lives as desiring subjects in the economic, sexual, and "symbolic" realms (the last being the necessarily intersubjective "desire for recognition"). Rather than being a commentary on what Foucault says, this book takes its lead from what he says but pushes it further, finding unexpected connections and new avenues of thought and practice. True to Foucault's methods, Beistegui looks to archival sources such as court transcripts and government documents, as well as to philosophers. He aims to denaturalize desire, to trace the ways we have been led to lead. . .

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Postcard from Ravello

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Down to Ravello for a few days to do nothing-very-much, after a busy stay in Naples (not a city we knew at all). For holiday entertainment — having speedily devoured Kate Atkinson’s immensely readable new Transcription, picked up at the airport — I’ve been reading Norman Lewis’s classic Naples ’44. No, entertainment is the wrong word. The wartime diary is wonderfully well written, and often wryly amusing. But too many scenes are cruel reminders of how fragile our social order can be. Which makes this reader all the more angry at the mad Brexiteers’ casual destructiveness. And there I was, promising myself a temporary holiday from fretting about all that … The post Postcard from Ravello appeared first on Logic Matters.

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Phasing out letters from dissertation committees?

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In the comments section of our newest "how can we help you?" thread, Number Three asks: At what point should I stop asking dissertation committee members for letters of recommendation? Two years post-PhD? Four? More? I will be curious to hear what other people think. However, my own thoughts (based on my seven-year experience on the market and time on three search committees) are these: It is not at all clear to me that you should ever stop using letters from your committee. But it is a good idea get additional outside letters to supplement them. My only evidence for these two claims is admittedly anecdotal, but here it is... First, at one point while I was on the market (my third or fourth year), I tried cutting out a couple of letters from my dissertation committee--because I had several outside letters and wasn't confident that one committee member had written the strongest letter anyway. That was my single worst year on the market (I recall getting no. . .

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