‘Only if they pay me...’: ideals and pragmatics of post-graduates who teach

  • Anselma Gallinat

Abstract

Post-graduate tutors form a common part of teaching staff at many departments across the UK. Anyone who has ever been in the position of trying to finish the Ph.D. and teaching simultaneously will remember that life seemed rather difficult at the time. This article explores why post-graduate life appears so complicated, what place teaching duties have in this complexity, and what implications this position has for the teaching post-graduates are engaged in.

Author Biography

Anselma Gallinat
Anselma Gallinat has studied Anthropology, History and Media Sciences as part of a Masters program at the University of Goettingen before she came to Durham to do her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology. She finished this Ph.D. in 2002 and is now working as a part-time tutor in Anthropology at Durham and Queens Campus, Stockton (Durham). Her work is concerned with the dynamics of socio-cultural change and identities in eastern Germany. Her thesis compared public and grass-roots level discourses on and individual experiences of change and continuity in the post-socialist society.