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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 https://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/fellows/1213/watson/
Carl Honoré's In Praise of Slowness, Geir Bethelsen’s World Institute of Slowness, http://www.theworldinstituteofslowness.com/slow-press Christopher Richard’s fictional website - slowdownnow.org 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?’ http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/1720 Dr Heather Mendrick, Reader in Education, Brunel. Communication in the Age of fast Academia http://www.celebyouth.org/tag/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. http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_magazine/previous_issues/ 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. https://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/fellows/1213/watson/ 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: s.m.seal@durham.ac.uk

Contact s.m.seal@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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