1st Edition

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

Edited By Jonathan Chambers, Stephannie Gearhart Copyright 2019
    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    276 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    Stephannie S. Gearhart and Jonathan Chambers


    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.