Imposter syndrome as a public feeling

Maddie Breeze

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This chapter is about re-thinking ‘imposter syndrome’ as a public feeling. When I think about doing (early career) feminist work in neoliberal universities there are things that I’ve run away from, things that I’ve fought, and definitely things that I’ve failed at. Another noticeable affect is less of a flight, less of fight, and not exactly a failure, but a kind of paralysis, getting stuck, more like the ‘freeze’ of some small mammals’ response to perceived threat, playing dead instead of fighting or fleeing. I think that feeling like an imposter, and an attendant ‘freeze’ or stuck-ness, is another important aspect of the affective landscape of feminist academic work, especially when this work takes place in neoliberal universities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFeeling Academic in the Neoliberal University
Subtitle of host publicationFeminist Flights, Fights and Failures
EditorsYvete Taylor, Kinneret Lahad
Place of Publication[London]
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-64224-6
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2018


  • imposter syndrome
  • public feelings
  • imposters

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