Slow Academia: Wonder, Wandering, Generosity & Presence in the University

Wonder, Wandering, Generosity & Presence in the University

PaTHES Thematic Webinar Series, Fall 2022

Chaired by Rikke Toft Nørgård, Aarhus University

This season of PaTHES (Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Society) webinars 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). We are delighted to host several scholars who have engaged critically with the idea of slowness – as a topic or as a mode of doing academic work – to explore possibilities for inhabiting the university differently.

Follow this link for more information and to register for the talks:

  1. Webinar 1 (8 September 2022): Surviving the years of plague: Two feminist academics review Raewyn Connell’s The Good University: What universities actually do and why it’s time for radical change. Agnes Bosanquet (Macquarie University) & Barbara Grant (University of Auckland/Waipapa Taumata Rau), with Sean Sturm (University of Auckland/Waipapa Taumata Rau)
  2. Webinar 2 (29 September 2022): Wandering and wondering in the university. Frances Kelly (University of Auckland/Waipapa Taumata Rau) & Finn Thorbjørn Hansen (University of Aalborg)
  3. Webinar 3 (7 October 2022): Generosity and presence in the university: Working for change. Maha Bali (The American University in Cairo) and Alison Phipps (University of Glasgow)
  4. Conclusive Roundtable (date TBA)

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