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The SLOW University?

6th November 2013, 13:25 to 14:30, IAS, Palace Green, Durham

A Seminar 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 that Hale, Held and Young (2013) write about in ‘Gridlock’.

1pm Lunch
2pm-4pm SLOW University Seminar
4.30pm -5.30pm SLOW Sound Walk with IAS Fellow and sound artist Chris Watson
Carl Honoré's In Praise of Slowness, Geir Bethelsen’s World Institute of Slowness, Christopher Richard’s fictional website - as well as Slow Food, Citta SLow are all examples of change movements towards SLOW. SlOW and the related Transition town movement provide a counter to globalization and bring to the fore a focus upon the environment, urban life, producing and eating local products, environmental policy and sustainability. "The time has come to challenge our obsession with doing everything more quickly." -- Carl Honoré The IAS recently promoted a number of research conversations on Time. This seminar takes this theme further and connects it with the forthcoming theme of Emergence. What does it mean if we take a look at the University in relation to time, speed and SlOW? What new philosophies, practices and structures might emerge? Three speakers from three disciplines [Sociology, Education and Science] speak about the possibilities, challenges and Issues for SLOW in the context of the 21st Century University. The seminar is introduced by Matthew Griffiths, a poet and PhD student in the English Department at Durham and one of the team leaders of the Ustinov Seminar Series with a reading from his anthology: ‘How to be Late’. Prof Luke Martell, Professor of Political Sociology and Head of Sociology at Sussex -'Is slowness what slow is about?’ Dr Heather Mendrick, Reader in Education, Brunel. Communication in the Age of fast Academia Dr Ruth Mueller, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Research Policy Institute, Lund University and Lecturer in Gender Studies, Biology & Science-Technology-Society, University of Vienna. Racing for what? Postdocs, academic careers and the question of pace. 4.30 – 5.30pm. The seminar ends with a SLOW Sound Walk led by Chris Watson, IAS Policy & Enterprise Fellow and Sound Artist - from Palace Green to Ustinov taking in the sounds of the riverbank. RSVP to Sheila Seal for a) the purposes of arranging lunch [please provide any dietary requirements] AND b) booking onto the walk by 30th October 2013 to:

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