Zombies in the Academy

Living Death in Higher Education

Edited by Andrew Whelan, Ruth Walker, and Christopher Moore

Edited by Andrew Whelan, Ruth Walker, and Christopher Moore

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

401 pages | 34 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2013
Paper $28.50 ISBN: 9781841507149 Published July 2013
Zombies in the Academy taps into the current popular fascination with zombies and brings together scholars from a range of fields, including cultural and communication studies, sociology, film studies, and education, to give a critical account of the political, cultural, and pedagogical state of the university through the metaphor of zombiedom. The contributions to this volume argue that the increasing corporatization of the academy—an environment emphasizing publication, narrow research, and the vulnerability of the tenure system— is creating a crisis in higher education best understood through the language of zombie culture—the undead, contagion, and plague, among others. Zombies in the Academy presents essays from a variety of scholars and creative writers who present an engaging and entertaining appeal for serious recognition of the conditions of contemporary humanities teaching, culture, and labor practices.



Section 1: Zombification in the corporate university


First as tragedy, then as corpse

Andrew Whelan


‘Being’ post-death at Zombie University

Rowena Harper


University life, zombie states and reanimation

Rowan Wilken and Christian McCrea


The living dead and the dead living: contagion and complicity in contemporary universities

Holly Randell-Moon, Sue Saltmarsh and Wendy Sutherland-Smith


Zombie solidarity

Ann Deslandes and Kristian Adamson


The Journal of Doctor Wallace

David Slattery


Section 2: Moribund content and infectious technologies

Zombie processes and undead technologies

Christopher Moore


The botnet: webs of hegemony/zombies who publish

Martin Paul Eve


The intranet of the living dead: software and universities

Jonathan Paul Marshall


Virtual learning environments and the zombification of learning and teaching in British universities

Nick Pearce and Elaine Tan


Mapping zombies: a guide for digital pre-apocalyptic analysis and post-apocalyptic survival

Mark Graham, Taylor Shelton and Matthew Zook


Infectious textbooks

Gordon S. Carlson and James J. Sosnoski


Section 3: Zombie literacies and pedagogies


Undead universities, the plagiarism ‘plague’, paranoia and hypercitation

Ruth Walker


EAP programmes feeding the living dead of academia: critical thinking as a global antibody

Sara Felix


Zombies in the classroom: education as consumption in two novels by Joyce Carol Oates

Sherry R. Truffin


Queer pedagogies in zombie times: parody, neo-liberalism and high-education

Daniel Marshall


Zombies are us: the living dead as a tool for pedagogical reflection

Shaun Kimber


Escaping the zombie threat by mathematics

Hans Petter Landtangen, Kent-Andre Mardal and Pål Røtnes


Toward a zombie pedagogy: embodied teaching and the student 2.0

Jesse Stommel


Section 4: The post-apocalyptic terrain


‘Sois mort et tais toi’: zombie mobs and student protests

Sarah Juliet Lauro


Living-dead man’s shoes? Teaching and researching glossy topics in a harsh social and cultural context

David Beer


Feverish homeless cannibal

George Pfau


A report on the global Viral Z outbreak and its impact on higher education

Howard M. Gregory II and Annie Jeffrey




List of contributors




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