In April 2013, Robert Wood and Ashleigh Prosser interviewed Dr Ben Etherington, a Research Lecturer in English, Text and Writing at the University of Western Sydney. Dr Etherington’s work focuses on decolonization and the emergence of literary materials and communities before, during and after that process. With these interests his work intersects with Literary Theory, Intellectual History, and World Philosophy.
In this interview, Dr Etherington discusses a range of subjects. Among other topics he shares with us his current understanding and future expectations for higher education in Australia and the UK, where he undertook his doctoral studies; the tension between publishing and teaching; and the relationship of the university to other forms of communication and education. Undoubtedly, this interview will be of interest to postgraduates seeking a career in the academy and those interested in the politics of the tertiary sector.