Timescapes in academic life: cubicles of time control

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Abstract

Under current conditions, it seems not enough to construct a plea for ‘slow science’. Temporalities of academia under TINA require close scrutiny in order to bring out the time regimes of academic life. Economy, efficiency, and effectiveness have produced measures by which not only work processed are uniformized and controlled, but especially the design, the character, and the pace of work, including the embodied experience of working. Consequently, (academic) work determines a lot of other aspects of our existence and it tends to uniformize work load as a given. The image arises of not only 24/7 availability for academic work, but the inevitability of compliance to working in individual bubbles of time control, causing a narrower focus for ‘the academic’ and possibly less space for the rhythms of academic creation and creativity. Autobiographical ‘vignettes’ illustrate this development, highlighting the working of regimes that are not questioned on a daily basis.

Key words: timescapes, Bildung, education, time regimes, workload, work-life balance
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademia in Crisis
Subtitle of host publicationThe Rise and Risk of Neoliberal Education in Europe
EditorsLeonidas Donskis, Ida Sabelis, Frans Kamsteeg, Harry Wels
PublisherBrill
Chapter6
Pages129-149
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9789004401587
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019

Publication series

NameValue Inquiry Book Series
Volume335

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