1st Edition

Universities in the Flux of Time An exploration of time and temporality in university life

    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    Higher education and the institution of the university exist in time, their essential nature now continually subject to change: change in students, in knowledge, in structure and in their own communities and those they service. These changes are accompanied by a quickening of time, leading to a heightened intensity of academic life. Yet the nature of time in all the contemporary work on the university has been largely overlooked. This is an important omission and Universities in the Flux of Time has gathered leading academics whose contributions to the volume raise a debate as to the influence and use of time in the university. They do this in an exploration of how these changes are perceived in higher education and how these affect its temporality from local, national and global perspectives. By dealing with the time within the university, the book opens new spaces for the development of the university and civic society.

    The book develops an interdisciplinary understanding of the temporal issues of engaging with the past, present and future of higher education and its institutions, through consideration of the increased speed demanded for the production of able students and innovative research, to the accountability pressures from central governments and commerce. Reflecting on these issues in the higher education sector, Universities in the Flux of Time is split into three parts, with each one addressing time and its multiple relationships with the university:

    • Past, present and future
    • Knowledge and time
    • Living with time

    This volume will provide essential reading for those on higher education studies courses as well as a wider audience of managers, practitioners, policy makers, academics and students and from many disciplinary perspectives including sociology, organisation studies, social psychology and the philosophy of education.

    Contributors Introduction Part 1 Past, Present and Future The University in the Epoch of Digital Reason: Fast Knowledge in the Circuits of Cybernetic Capitalism Michael A Peters 1. University Fashions: On Ideas whose Time has Come Barbara Czarniawska 2. If Time Doesn’t Exist, Why are We Learning about the Past? Paul Gibbs 3. Organizational Devolution: The Old, New and Future American Research Universities in the Age of Privatization John Aubrey Douglass Part 2 Knowledge and Time 4. Innovation as Conformity: Academic Research in the Accelerated University Robert Hassan 5. Conquered by project time? Conflicting  temporalities in university research Oili-Helena Ylijoki 6.. Different Times: Temporality, Curriculum and Powerful Knowledge Sue Clegg 7. The Time of Reason and the Ecological University Ronald Barnett Part 3 Living with Time  Discovery and Delivery: Time Schemas and the Bureaucratic University Peter Murphy 8. Competing narratives of time in the managerial university: the contradiction of fast time and slow time  Carolina Guzman and Roberto Di Napoli 9. Higher Education and an Ethic of Time Marianna Papastephanou 10. Academic Time and the Time of Academics Angela Brew Coda Bibliography Index


    Paul Gibbs is Professor of Education in the Education Department, Middlesex University, and is currently editor of the Springer Educational Thinkers series.

    Oili-Helena Ylijoki is Academy Research Fellow at the Research Centre for Knowledge, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (TaSTI) at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Tampere, Finland.

    Carolina Guzmán-Valenzuela is a researcher at the Center for Advanced Research in Education, University of Chile, and a senior lecturer at the School of Psychology, University of Valparaíso.

    Ronald Barnett is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at the Institute of Education, London.