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Accelerating academia : the changing structure of academic time / Filip Vostal, Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic.

Author/Creator:
Vostal, Filip, 1983- author.
Publication:
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Format/Description:
Book
xi, 242 pages ; 23 cm.
Series:
Palgrave studies in science, knowledge, and policy.
Palgrave studies in science, knowledge, and policy
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Subjects:
College teachers -- Workload.
Learning and scholarship.
Universities and colleges -- Faculty.
Education, Higher -- Aims and objectives.
Summary:
"The era of a 'slow-paced' academia characterized by leisurely tempos of research and pedagogy has gone. Academia is now an intensely social site, and the boundaries between capitalist dynamics and academic life have become blurred. Academic workloads are increasing as academics have to deal with an ever-growing number of tasks, information, obligations, texts, procedures and connections. Yet the time available for carrying out these activities remains relatively constant, and even seems to be decreasing. Simultaneously, the 'will to accelerate' has emerged as a significant cultural and structural force in knowledge production, propelled by competitiveness and the drive for excellence. Filip Vostal examines the changing character of academic time, and questions the nature of this acceleration. Without challenging its negative implications, Vostal argues that we cannot fully understand this phenomenon unless we scrutinize its positive dimensions, and ask why people opt for acceleration, and how and why the compulsion to accelerate features in higher education policy discourse."-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Introduction: The pulse of modern academia
1. Thematizing acceleration
2. Continuity and change in the temporal dynamics of capitalism
3. Vehicularity: the idea of the knowledge economy
4. Performativity: competitiveness and excellence
5. Acceleration in the academic life-world
6. Fast sites: igniting and catapulting knowledge
7. Sociology, fast and slow
Conclusion: For a temporal autonomy of academia
Appendices.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9781137473592
1137473592
OCLC:
933432462