I’ve just finished the introduction to Berg and Seeber’s The Slow Professor. I was about to type that “I can’t wait to read more,” but in the spirit of this book, I’ll rephrase that. I enjoyed reading the first 15 or so pages of this book and will savor these scholars’ research and writing as much, and as slowly — or lentement — as they say in French, as I can. Here are some quotes that I’m still rolling around in my mind’s hungry mouth, and that I’d like to remember from my reading tonight:
“As Mark C. Taylor puts it ‘Speed Kills,’ and the casualties are many…” (p. 8).
“Slow Professors act with purpose, taking the time for deliberation, reflection, and dialogue, cultivating emotional and intellectual resilience, able, as Collini puts it to hold our ‘nerve'” (What are Universities for? 85). (p. 11). (emphasis mine)
“In response to the colleagues who have told us to wake up and get with the program or that they are simply too busy to slow down, we wish to emphasize that the Slow movement is ‘not a counter-cultural retreat from everyday life…not a return to the past, the good old days … neither is it a form of laziness, nor a slow motion version of life’ (Parkins and Craig ix). Rather it is a ‘process whereby everyday life — in all its pace and complexity, frisson and routine — is approached with care and attention … and attempt to live in the present in a meaningful, sustainable, thoughtful, and pleasurable way’ (Parkins and Craig ix). (p. 11).
“We want a cure that not only will work but also feel good” (p. 12).
“The contribution we hope to make combines politics with pleasure…We see our book as uncovering the secret life academic, revealing not only her pains but also her pleasures…” (p. 12).
“In fact, patriarchal values opened the door to corporatization” (p. 12).