Ulrike Felt - Living with temporal inconsistencies: Academic timescapes and changing research cultures - 22/02/2017

About the lecture

Reflections on the current transformations of academic landscapes in general and the future of universities in particular, have more recently expressed concern about the changing temporal regimes that govern research and higher education. This presentation will start from the diagnosis that many of the critiques raised about the quality and efficiency in academic research have been frequently addressed by restructuring the temporal dimensions of academic lives, work, knowledge production and management. Evaluation cycles, career structures, project durations, would just be a few examples of such a re-timing of research cultures. Starting from there, the presentation will invite to reflect on the effects of this deep re-timing. I will attend to the multiple (often tacit) temporal practices which form the academic timescapes, inviting for a careful consideration of how time horizons and time structures are essential to how researchers can situate themselves in academic environments and develop a sense of belonging. Particluar attention will be devoted to the issue of temporal inconsistencies, which draw specific attention to the feeling of being not "in time", as well as of a deep asynchronicity.

About the speaker

Ulrike Felt is Professor of Science and Technology Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Vienna. She has wide experience in running nationally and internationally funded research projects working with a broad spectrum of social science research methods. She has been visiting professor at several institutions, among them at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris, at the Collegium Helveticum, ETH Zurich and at the STS group at Harvard. She has served as member of the council of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology, and of the Society for the Social Studies of Science. She was also editor of the international peer-reviewed journal Science, Technology, & Human Values. Most recently she has also engaged in setting up an interdisciplinary master programme "Science - Technology - Society" at the University of Vienna.

For more info, see: https://sts.univie.ac.at/en/about-us/ulrike-felt


22/02/2017, 12:30 - 14:00 ' clock, aula M.002 (de Meerminne, St-Jacobsstraat 2, 2000 Antwerp)

Participation is free, but online registration is mandatory.