Good old academic customs and habits dictate that research should be my primary occupation. Anyone working in Dutch Academia knows, of course, that reality is nothing like life at Terry Pratchett’s Unseen University. First of all, the big bucks come from teaching (and, dear students, we’re not just talking here about the measly registration fees you pay and that you think give you a right to a voice in academic affairs – that money accounts for less than 10% of what it really costs to keep you off the streets). Hence, the average Dutch academic must spend 60-70% of her/his time on teaching, 20% or more if which is 100% wasted, by the way, on reporting, accounting, registering, controlling and other plagues visited upon us by the Satan that New Public Management is. In addition to teaching, there are ‘genuine’ administrative tasks – of which again at least one third is wasted on Satan worship. I currently happen to be one of the main administrators in my Faculty, resulting in an above-average admin load of 30% (theoretically…).
So it really is a small miracle that I do still have time to publish the occasional text – and by the way, I have tenure, let the bastards sue me if they want, but I refuse to publish journal articles only. Articles are a legitimate form of communication but they’re only fit for a very limited number of messages. Deep, serious analyses (the really real work) require monographs written after five to twenty-five years in seclusion; state of the art overviews and development of research programs are often better dealt with through edited volumes; and no scholar deserves to feel self-respect if s/he does not contribute to the development of teaching material, to reflection on one’s discipline and to the public debate – all work that the Satan worshippers brand ‘professional publications’ and heavily discourage.
More than halfway through life with the sand hour running out rapidly, I regret that I have so little to show you – a dozen or so monographs and edited volumes, and just a bit over 200 journal articles, book chapters, presentations, reports and opinion pieces: