Research seminar: Filip Vostal on Venture Academics

13 June 2018, 4.30 PM - 13 June 2018, 6.30 PM

G1, 7 Priory Rd

Dr Filip Vostal from the Centre for Science, Technology and Society Studies, Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences will be giving a seminar on Venture Academics

Date: Wednesday 13 June

Time: 4.30pm - 6.30pm

Venue: G1, 7 Priory Rd

Venture Academics

There has been much debate in recent years that institutional life of academia is ‘accelerating’, that scholars need to keep up with abounding expectations, rampant demands associated with new forms of assessing and monitoring, and churning out as many papers and grant applications as possible. Next to the anxiety epidemic resulting therefrom and the armies of academics who resist and question the meaningfulness of scholarly pursuit under this regime, there is also a new academic subjectivity this regime generates: a persona resembling activities and mindset of a venture capitalist. This emerging subjectivity rewards risk-taking, crude pragmatism, ruthless competitive spirit, impudence, capital accumulation, branding, exploitation of various cash-generating opportunities and subordinates particularly when it comes to the construction of academic portfolios mobilised for capital accumulation. In this paper, I will argue that this prototype of ‘fast’ academic, actively reproducing the epistemic and academic capitalism, accounts for a new normal. However, at the same time, I will also claim that the rival – ‘slow’ and sluggish academic – cannot in any way compete or replace the new normal of fast and agile venture academic.

Filip Vostal's doctoral studies were undertaken in SPAIS, the PhD awarded in 2013. Since then, he has gone on to publish Accelerating Academia: The Changing Structure of Academic Time (Palgrave 2016), and a range of chapters and articles in strong journals, such as 'Thematizing speed: between critical theory and cultural analysis', European Journal of Social Theory, 2014; 'Slowing down modernity: a critique', Time & Society, 2017; and 'Against reductionism: on the complexity of scientific temporality', Time & Society, 2018.

The seminar will be followed by refreshments and informal discussion.

All welcome.


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