Breathing room

Agnes Bosanquet*, Jayde Cahir, Gail Crimmins, Janet Free, Karina Luzia, Lilia Mantai, Ann Werner

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This chapter is a collective autoethnography that reveals the messiness and fractured identities of (non)mothers and (non)researchers in and out of academic contexts. Luce Irigaray’s writing on breath, interiority and autonomy brings together the reflections. In Between East and West, Irigaray (2002) has learnt “the importance of breathing in order to survive, to cure certain ills, and to attain detachment and autonomy” (p. 10). She explores “a sexuation of breathing” as a woman “by practicing, by listening (to myself), by reading, by awakening myself” (2002, p. 10). Collectively, the stories in this chapter reveal living with and letting go of the demands of academia and the complexities of caring for selves and others.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication(Re)birthing the feminine in academe
Subtitle of host publicationcreating spaces of motherhood in patriarchal contexts
EditorsLinda Henderson, Alison L. Black, Susanne Garvis
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783030382117
ISBN (Print)9783030382100
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Gender and Education
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Print)2524-6445
ISSN (Electronic)2524-6453


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