A paradoxical academic life: What we can learn from having the ‘end’ in sight

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Journal Article
Journal of Aging Studies, 2020, 52
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The ending of a story provides clarity by framing separate encounters within an overall plot. It can intensify focus and feeling, as limited time creates a sense of preciousness. The end additionally calls for new beginnings, as places are vacated for other stories to be told. It is a generative space as new conversations can evolve. The ‘end’ of an academic story contains opportunities for beginnings and vibrant encounters, and academics may be able to explore the richness within an expansive and generative spaces by having the ‘end in sight.’
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