Why do we need slow science?

In collaboration with the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW)

18feb2020 20.00 - 21.30


The intense pressure that researchers experience is gaining acknowledgement – both by academic and government institutions. What is the quality of academic work under pressure? The quality of science? And how do we break free from this cycle?

NIAS advocates curiosity-driven research where results are often surprising. But to keep being curious and to keep asking questions, we need time and space to reflect, to explore, and to slow down. In this NIAS Talk, NIAS Director, Jan Willem Duyvendak opens the evening by stating the need to slow down to advance academic research. The keynote speaker, sociologist Dick Pels discusses the structural changes needed to establish this unhastening of academic research.

About the speakers

Noortje Jacobs is a science historian who co-wrote an article with Ad Maas questioning the era and dominance of high-impact scientific journals, which inadvertently impose restrictions on research instead of facilitating its dissemination. 

Inez van der Scheer is a PhD candidate from the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (UvA). This evening she reflects on how the “slowing down” of academia will help to sustain the integrity of scholarship, and make universities  more inclusive and decolonized. 

Dick Pels is a sociologist and freelance political writer. During this NIAS talk Pels explores the changing structure of the Slow Movement within academia, and presents a current update of his book Unhastening Science (2003).

Fenneke Wekker (moderator) is Head of Academic Affairs at NIAS, and researcher Political Sociology at the University of Amsterdam.

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