Rhythm and the Possible: Moments, Anticipation and Dwelling in the Contemporary University

Dakka, Fadia (2021) Rhythm and the Possible: Moments, Anticipation and Dwelling in the Contemporary University. In: Inquiring into Academic Timescapes. Emerald Publishing. ISBN 9781789739121

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Inspired by Barnett’s claim about the ‘ineradicability of rhythm in university time’ (2015), this chapter examines the nature of time, place and possibility in contemporary academia. It does so by exploring the spatio-temporal and emotive connotations of teaching and learning in the contemporary university, revisiting the findings of an experimental project conducted in a post-1992 HEI of the West of Midlands. Methodologically and philosophically, the chapter follows a Lefebvrian-inspired characterization of rhythm (2004 [1992]), used to both diagnose rhythmic disruptions and to offer nuanced articulations of possibility, future agency (anticipation) and dwelling in the contemporary university. Drawing attention to the quotidian practices of teachers and learners, it reveals their struggles of production and appropriation of time-space in higher education, showcasing the ethical and political saliency of rhythm, alongside its methodological fecundity. The second part of the chapter delves deeper into the relationship between university, rhythm and forms of anticipation. Theorizing universities as time-space shelters and education as a time-space of suspension and incubation, it highlights, once more, the affordances of rhythm thinking (Crespi, Manghani 2020) for alternative, imaginative modes of existence in and for higher education.

Item Type: Book Section
1 February 2021Published
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-02 - sociology
CAH20 - historical, philosophical and religious studies > CAH20-02 - philosophy and religious studies > CAH20-02-01 - philosophy
CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Education and Social Work
Depositing User: Fadia Dakka
Date Deposited: 19 May 2020 11:50
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 17:22
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9230

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