Reversing the Cult of Speed in Higher Education: The Slow Movement in the Arts and Humanities, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Reversing the Cult of Speed in Higher Education

The Slow Movement in the Arts and Humanities, 1st Edition

Edited by Jonathan Chambers, Stephannie S. Gearhart


262 pages | 25 B/W Illus.

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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


Stephannie S. Gearhart and Jonathan Chambers

About the Editors

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.

Subject Categories

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EDUCATION / Training & Certification