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Reversing the Cult of Speed in Higher Education
The Slow Movement in the Arts and Humanities

ISBN 9780367583941
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
276 Pages

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Book Description

A collection of essays written by arts and humanities scholars across disciplines, this book argues that higher education has been compromised by its uncritical acceptance of our culture’s standards of productivity, busyness, and speed. Inspired by the Slow Movement, contributors explain how and why university culture has come to value productivity over contemplation and rapidity over slowness. Chapter authors argue that the arts and humanities offer a cogent critique of fast culture in higher education, and reframe the discussion of the value of their fields by emphasizing the dialectic between speed and slowness.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Contextualizing Speed and Slowness in Higher Education

Stephannie S. Gearhart and Jonathan Chambers

          I. Fast Consequences

  1. Imagining the Slow University

  2. Stephannie S. Gearhart

  3. Queerness Over Time: Slowness, Speed, and the Chronopolitics of Scholarship

  4. Margarita Rayzberg and Blake Smith

  5. Out-of-Phase: Studio Art, Time, and Professionalization in the Academy — A Conversation…

  6. Charles Kanwischer and Katerina Rüedi Ray

  7. 24/7 Capitalism and Academic Theatre Production

  8. Jonathan Chambers

  9. Subversive Singularity: Beyond Meaning and Knowledge

  10. Gordon C. F. Bearn

    II. Slow Resistance: Academic Production

  11. Tactical Slowness: Fomenting a Culture of Mental Health in the Academy

  12. Scott Magelssen and Shelby Lunderman

  13. Waste Time: Excess Potential in Academic Production

  14. C. Greig Crysler and Shiloh Krupar

  15. Neoliberalism, Recursivity, Theatre

  16. Patricia Ybarra

  17. Read Another Book: Repeat When Necessary

  18. Rebecca Hill

    III. Slow Resistance: Pedagogical Approaches

  19. Less is More: Slow Reading in the Undergraduate Classroom

  20. Wendy Arons

  21. Consuming Time or Making Time? Slow History and General Education

  22. Jane Simonsen

  23. Teaching Music Slowly

  24. Fred Everett Maus

  25. Mindfulness as Slow Education in the First-Year Composition Classroom

  26. Kyle Garton-Gundling

  27. Not So Fast: The Virtues of Slow Rhetoric

           Barry M. Kroll


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Stephannie Gearhart is Associate Professor of English at Bowling Green State University, USA.

Jonathan Chambers is Professor of Theater and Film at Bowling Green State University, USA.