Connected early-career experiences of equality in academia during the pandemic and beyond: Our liminal journey

F. Scholz*, J.M. Szulc

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Abstract

In this paper, we draw on our subjective experiences as two female early-career academics during the global COVID-19 pandemic. While we acknowledge that the pandemic had negative implications for many female scholars due to compulsory telework or increased family responsibilities, we also want to shed light on the empowering experiences shaped by collegial support that became an important part of our pandemic story. We build on the theory of liminality to explain how the events triggered by the pandemic allowed us to break out of our uncomfortable occupational limbo (i.e., feeling “locked-in” to the identity of a foreign-born PhD graduate) and, through creating a kind of equality, resulted in some unique opportunities and challenges. During these difficult times, shaped by an increasing fear of us or our family catching COVID-19, we embarked on a betwixt-and-between state that allowed us to grow as academics as a part of a collective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1042-1058
JournalGender, Work and Organization
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Autoethnography
  • Collective
  • Early-career academics
  • Liminality
  • Pandemic

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