Last week I moved the office to Isle of Portland in Dorset for a few days to conduct a workshop about the noble art of podcasting for scholars from all over Europe, who were gathered to discuss how we can slow down and remember in the face of contemporary rapid-response culture.
Slow memory is an emergent concept that is intended to help us think from new angles about how societies and individuals remember the pasts that meaningfully affect their present and future. It begins from the premise that we are quite skilled (and have much practice) commemorating sudden or extreme events such as wars, atrocities or catastrophes. But we are less certain about how to reckon with slow-moving transformations that may be just as impactful, such as climate change, deindustrialization, or the gradual expansion of social and political rights.
This COST (European Cooperation on Science and Technology) Action brings together scholars and practitioners from many different disciplines (humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, technologists) to consider how we may grasp the meaning slow processes, how we may remember slowly, and how we may study slow change and slow remembrance without feeling too much time pressure.
How do we communicate all the ‘slow research’ and inspire scholars, students, stakeholders and everybody else from all over the world to engage in ‘slow science’? Now that is a very good question. A podcast series is going to be an integral part of the project. How it’s going to work? I don’t know yet. I’ll just take it slowly here from the balcony before speeding up slowly and produce the new podcast series.