This post was prompted by my agreeing to take on a new leadership role with an estimated workload of one day a week. It was also triggered by a feeling of trepidation when a colleague asked what I was up to at the moment. I made a list of the things I am doing in July … Continue reading When things aren’t slow
I have posted a lot on the benefits of slow academia for individuals and their families, especially for mental and physical health. But how do institutions benefit from slow academia? Universities are knotty organisations. On the one hand, they are what Lutz (1982) calls "organized anarchies". Collegial governance and distributed leadership are valued, as are … Continue reading Why slow (for organisations)
Today I had a short conversation with an early career academic that made me thankful that I decided to start this blog. I enjoyed talking with her - it was our first meeting, and she came across as smart, ambitious and engaging. She is also working at a punishing rate. She told me that six … Continue reading Research targets: the pirate code for academics
One of my highlights in 2016 was attending and presenting at the conference Academic Life in the Measured University: In one sense, the ‘measured university’ implies a state of caution, a sense of restraint, blandness, even automation. In another, it establishes a new rationality, offering something of a certainty that academic life and decision-making proceeds … Continue reading Decelerating scheduled time
You may have seen the I Am Anxiety advertisements from beyondblue on television or in print. Watch with caution as it induces anxiety very effectively: Stills from this video were on posters at bus stops near my university last year. Every time I saw one - "I am the tightening of your chest" - I … Continue reading Contagious anxiety
While I was doing my PhD, I used to dread being asked about my hobbies, mostly because I didn't have any. I still don't have any hobbies, but I have lots of other things: (in no particular order) a 3 day a week academic job, two children (10 and 3), a partner, a house and … Continue reading What are your hobbies?
Much of what I want to say here will be expanded in future posts, but I have to start with something. When my daughter was born ten years ago - as an aside, my having a ten year old child seems unlikely since I have not aged ten years since - I was a part-time … Continue reading Do casualisation and slow academia mix?
Are you pressed for time? Are you working at an increasingly frenetic pace? Do you feel “frenzied, fatigued and malcontent” (Acker & Armenti, 2004)? Do you laugh maniacally when people ask you about your work-life balance? Is your academic success valued and measured by your busyness, productivity, efficiency? Slow down. That is the counter-intuitive message of … Continue reading Welcome to the Slow Academic