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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Seminar: The Slow University II

11th March 2014, 12:00 to 16:15, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College

The second inter-disciplinary seminar in the SLOW University series is organised in collaboration between: the School of Applied Social Sciences, the Ustinov Seminar Series and the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS). 

The SLOW movement promotes a socio-cultural shift towards slowing down the pace of work, life and consumption and providing a counter narrative to processes of globalization. Chris Watson’s SLOW sound walk [in seminar one from Palace Green to Ustinov College] enabled a slowing down and tuning in to the signature sounds of the spaces and places along the route. Christopher Richard’s fictional website - as well as Slow Food, Citta SLOW are all examples of change movements towards SLOW.

It is clear that these lines of thinking, dialogue and creative application are gathering momentum. The purpose of the second seminar on the SLOW University at Durham [that will then travel to other collaborating Universities] is to harness these dialogues and ask - What does it mean if we take a look at the University and our relationship to it as academics and researchers in relation to time, speed and SLOW? What new philosophies, practices, structures and governance might emerge?

Speakers include: Carl Honore Chris Watson and Maggie O’Neill with inter-disciplinary discussion groups led by participants in Seminar I including Heather Mendick (Brunel) and Ruth Mueller (Lund&Vienna). The seminar will begin with lunch and end with a SLOW sound walk led by Chris Watson!

12:00-13:00 Lunch 

13:00-14:00 Carl Honoré

14:00-16:00 Open Space Discussion Groups led by Ruth Mueller, Heather Mendick, Anna Jobe and John Pritchard

16:00-16:15 Concluding remarks

16:15-17:00 SLOW Walk with Chris Watson

For a series of blogs on the SLOW University see:

Places are limited – to book, please contact Sheila Seal by 3rd March 2013, indicating any particular dietary requirements:

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