Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Society (PaTHES) is organising virtual social meets to come together and chat informally about topics around current challenges for higher education.
Join us for: Slow Academia – A Critical Discussion
Led by A/Prof Agnes Bosanquet, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Chaired by A/Prof Barbara Grant, University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
Six meetings on Mondays from 02 May until 06 June at 7-8pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (check https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/).
There will be a different focus each week so feel free to join the conversation for any one (or more/all ) of the sessions! Join us via Zoom: https://macquarie.zoom.us/j/85077338143
This season of Online Social Meets explores slow academia. Typically defined in the negative – something other than frenetic, competitive, metricised, anxiety-promoting academia – its advocates are most visible in academic self-help such as Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber’s (2016) The Slow Professor, and its critics on social media including The Thesis Whisperer blog (Slow academia is for the privileged) and the Post Pandemic University (Four reasons slow scholarship will not change academia).
What might closer attention to theorising slow academia offer? This season invites you to think critically about slow academia as a difficult but useful way of considering the intersections of self, others, time, place and institutions. Discussion of the following contributes to a richer understanding: Ahmed’s (2017, 2021) feminist pedagogy, Butler’s (2001) account of the self, Derrida’s (1994) political temporality and Baraitser’s (2017) endurance of time, Foucault’s (1982) heterotopias, and recent theorisations of neoliberalism in higher education and academic identities.
While the theoretical terrain is vast, this season rewards slow discussion as a challenge to what Walker (2016) calls ‘institutional reading’ which is hurried or rushed. By contrast, slow reading and discussion is described as attentive, open-ended, ambiguous and contradictory:
as a fascination rather than a final interpretation … as a questioning rather than an explanation; as an incomplete reading [and discussion] rather than a final one … as a loving relation or wondrous appreciation rather than an authoritative account; as an attentive listening … as a slow and intimate approach rather than a hasty reduction; as a generosity and a giving rather than a plundering … as a meandering, an unhurried reception, a reflection, a rumination, a meditative relation, a patience … (Walker, 2017, pp. 32-33).
More information: https://pathes.org/pathes-online-social-meets-season-5/