Why do we need slow science?
The intense pressure that many 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 the next NIAS Talk at SPUI25, NIAS Director, Prof. Jan Willem Duyvendak will start the evening by stating the importance of slowing down to advance academic research.
The keynote speaker, Sociologist Dick Pels will discuss the structural changes needed to establish this unhastening of academic research.
Joining him in a Panel discussion are
Noortje Jacobs, a historian of science who co-wrote an article with Ad Maas questioning the era of high-impact scientific journals and their use of peer review to determine the quality of academic scholarship. She is currently working on the history of science funding.
PhD candidate Inez van der Scheer from Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (UvA), will reflect on how the “slowing down” of academia will help to sustain the reflexivity of scholarship, and make universities more inclusive and decolonized.
Moderator of the evening:
Fenneke Wekker, Head of Academic Affairs of NIAS, will be moderating the panel discussion.
We invite you all to come and participate in this very urgent discussion.