How has the proliferating use of bibliometrics as a means to evaluate academic research shaped academic subjectivity? How are bibliometrics being used as a new technology of neoliberal, biopolitical governmentality, alongside the host of other ‘metrics’ (led by biometrics) that have emerged in the last two decades? What of most importance has been lost in the use of marginalia by scholars as a personal and political act? Does the production of neoliberal subjectivity and the power of bibliopolitics within academia exaserbate the two tier system of tenured and adjunct labor in higher education? Are there ways to resist the bibliometric regime and its multifarious form of surveillance and subjectivity formation? If so, what channels and modes of organizing should we be thinking about to resist our current trajectory?
We explore this questions and more with our guest Matthew Sharpe, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Deakin University. He works on classical philosophy and modern receptions thereof, and the early modern period, up to and including the French enlightenment. He is interested in the history of Western receptions of its classical past, and the rich ethical legacy left by Stoic and academic schools in particular. He also has expertise in Lacanian and Freudian psychoanalysis and has published one single-authored and one coauthored book on Slavoj Zizek’s work, and with Joanne Faulkner, Understanding Psychoanalysis. In the past, he has published on aesthetics, the theory of ideology, eschatology and political theology, and critical theory. He has written on a host of different thinkers: for instance John Macdowell, Jacques Lacan, Montaigne, Voltaire, Maimonides, Pierre Hadot, and Epictetus. He is also the author of Camus, Philosophe: To Return to Our Beginnings (Brill, 2015/16), the first monograph to bring the philosophy as a way of life (PWL) framework to the analysis of Camus’ literary and philosophical work. Since 2011, he has published extensively on the work of Pierre Hadot and the ‘very idea’ of PWL, and most recent co-authored with Michael Ure, Philosophy as a Way of Life; History, Dimensions, Directions (Bloomsbury, 2021). He has published several articles on Francis Bacon’s ethics and wider conception of philosophy. He is also a co-translator of The Selected Essays of Pierre Hadot: Philosophy as Practice (Bloomsbury, 2021), and he is presently coordinating with Michael Chase and Eli Kramer a new PWL book series with Brill: Philosophy as a Way of Life: Text and Studies.