This week's reading hits me where I work, because I work at a very corporate university where other values -- slow values, academic values -- are eclipsed. So the best thing I can do for myself is put in a very visible place as a constant reminder the following: "Slowing down is a matter of ethical import" (58).
I need to put this to make an everyday mantra because I know I've said, in an admiring way, "s/he's a machine." (Probably not often, but enough times for me to know I don't want to say that anymore, that none of us should be machines, and if someone feels so driven that they have to produce in a machine-like manner, we should probably find out what's wrong. None of us should aspire to be as productive as a machine. To me, this really shows us an everyday example of what societal values actually are.)
And to support us, this chapter offers us the following:
Slow opens up ways of thinking about research that challenge the corporate ethos. Using the language of Slow connects us to a larger political and social movement.. . .Knowing that there is a global movement for slowing down can fuel us, and this is important because challenging the dominant model of research is quite difficult; going against the grain usually is not easy. Slowing down is about asserting the importance of contemplation, connectedness, fruition, and complexity. . .(57)
There is more to this chapter -- a discussion of the ethics of time for self and other, the concern that the instrumentalist approach deflects critical inquiry into its own process as well as feminism, a focus on language, and specifics suggestions for us to try. I have to admit I had a long day and not enough time to read and think about this chapter, so I'm going to leave it here and come back later.
What do you think of this chapter and its points? What kind of language do you use to describe someone's accomplishments? Are there ways you could advocate for a Slow-er take on research?