The Studium Generale presents evening lectures on a contemporary theme from a variety of multi-disciplinary perspectives. The speakers are (inter)nationally renowned figures. During the 2013-14 academic year, the theme will be ‘Time? Always!’ Ten experts from a range of backgrounds will contribute their views on the way in which society today deals with time and on the critical discourse surrounding the subject in various disciplines.
Time is a trigger. It regulates our lives. The hands of the clock indicate time but at the same time we can’t put our finger on it. This is why we usually distinguish between ‘chronos’ and ‘kairos’, between ‘real time’ and ‘perceived time.’ Although we are absorbed by the former, society tends towards the latter. In other words: the chronos/kairos relation has hit a dead end. Despite the lack of time, time is cultivated and has become a verb: you have to ‘take your time’. Several time-related activities seek to slow down time, like ‘slow cooking’, ‘slow journalism’, even ‘slow science’. Lack of time seems to be the most tangible temporal experience, something which, in the age of the internet, social media and other time-saving devices, is quite curious. The digital revolution has blurred the traditional distinction between ‘work time’ and ‘free time’: who doesn’t check his e-mail in the evening and at weekends? At the same time, we have never had so much ‘free’ time, time we yet again fill like professional time-managers, preferably with ‘quality time’.
The talks take place at 20:00 on Wednesday evenings (except for the debate on 3 December) in the MIRY Concert Hall of the conservatory, Hoogpoort 64, 9000 Ghent.
Students can also follow Studium Generale as an optional course for three credits.
The talks are free; advanced booking is not required.