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Ableism in higher education: the negation of crip temporalities within the neoliberal academy

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posted on 2023-08-06, 23:41 authored by Jess RodgersJess Rodgers, R Thorneycroft, Peta CookPeta Cook, E Humphrys, Nicole AsquithNicole Asquith, SA Yaghi, JL Rodgers
Within Australian universities, neoliberalism has transformed education into a marketplace and product, where academic employees are regulated and controlled through metrics, productivity, and pressure to maintain and increase ‘value’. In this environment, disabled academics face increasing barriers to workplace participation and meaningful inclusion. To explore the lived experiences of disabled academics, this article draws upon qualitative survey and interview data collected from disabled academics to consider the ways that the academy excludes and disables them. Specifically, we argue that the way time is regulated and managed within the neoliberal university is ableist, and fails to account for the crip temporalities by which disabled academics live their lives. The concept of crip and cripping time in relation to disabled academics opens up new ways of thinking, doing, and being that are not constrained by normative (clock) time that marginalises disabled subjects. While we focus on an Australian context, the near-universalising ‘logics’ of normative time and neoliberal-ableism inherent to universities and societies more generally has implications for everyone. We argue that it is incumbent upon universities to rethink prevailing notions of time that currently elide the experiences and capacities of disabled academics.


Publication title

Higher Education Research & Development










Policing and Emergency Management, Office of the School of Social Sciences



Publication status

  • Accepted

Place of publication

United Kingdom

Rights statement

© 2022 HERDSA. This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Higher Education Research & Development. Citation: Jess Rodgers, Ryan Thorneycroft, Peta S. Cook, Elizabeth Humphrys, NicoleL. Asquith, Sally Anne Yaghi & Ashleigh Foulstone (2023) Ableism in higher education: the negation of crip temporalities within the neoliberal academy, Higher Education Research & Development, 42:6, 1482-1495, DOI: It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way

Socio-economic Objectives

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UN Sustainable Development Goals

4 Quality Education