The book is finally here! Like all good academic publications, it is way over the deadline, with excessive footnotes, and petty comments from Reviewer 2. (I just hope more than 3 people read it).
If you’ve ever been bored to tears at a conference or meeting, driven to the brink of insanity by your co-authors, or wanted to see a rat in underpants, I think you will love the book!
Academia Obscura is an irreverent glimpse inside the ivory tower, exposing the eccentric and slightly unhinged world of university life. Take a trip through the spectrum of academic oddities and unearth the Easter eggs buried in peer reviewed papers, the weird and wonderful world of scholarly social media, and rats in underpants.
Procrastinating PhD student Glen Wright invites you to peruse his cabinet of curiosities and discover what academics get up to when no one’s looking. Welcome to the hidden silly side of higher education.
You can read the first chapter here. The book is available in all the usual places, like Amazon and Book Depository. There’s also still a few special first edition copies (with shiny cover and in-built bookmark) available at Unbound.
You asked for it, and here it is! The Second Academics with Cats Awards launches today!
How to enter
Simple! Check out the categories below and tweet your finest cat pics (with caption) to #AcademicsWithCats. We’ll collate them and our expert panel will shortlist the best. Public voting will open on 25 November 2015.
This year there are 5 categories. Get creative!
- Academics and their Cats: you and your feline friend
Best in Show
Your cat will receive a professorship certificate, mortar board, and collar tag, and will become the Mice Chancellor of Academia Obscura (@MiceChancellor). Your cat will also be entered into the Academic Cats Hall of Fame. You will receive a signed copy of the forthcoming Academia Obscura book.
Your cat will feature in a series of demotivational academic posters (if they so wish!). You will receive a signed copy of the forthcoming Academia Obscura book.
You will receive a free ebook version of the forthcoming Academia Obscura book.
- Tuesday 3 November: Launch!
- Friday 20 November: Entries close
- 20-25 November: Shortlisting
- 25 November: Voting opens
- 15 December: Voting closes
- 16-18 December: Winner announcements
The shortlisting panel
The shortlist will be diligently put together by the following panel of experts.