If you think academia is a prestigious place of serious, erudite professors... think again. Academia Obscura is a glimpse behind closed study doors- welcome to the eccentric and slightly unhinged world of academia... Leave your tweed jacket by the door. Step inside the ivory tower and let Glen Wright guide you on a journey through the weird, wonderful and often bizarre history of academe, from the very earliest in-jokes of medieval scribes.. Learn how one cat tricked some of the greatest minds into awarding it tenure, how Colonel Gaddafi co-authored a thesis and why some rats wear polyester trousers. This irreverent book filled with levitating frogs, defecating penguins and super-specific scientific research shows you the rather sillier side of scholarly life. Academics will never take themselves too seriously again. And neither will anyone else.
Glen Wright is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) at SciencesPo university, Paris. He is working on improving the protection of the oceans. Glen is also a PhD candidate at the Australian National University. In his spare time, he runs Academia Obscura.