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A Rhythmic Analysis of Teaching & Learning in HE: Space, Time, Affect

The pilot project set out to capture the rhythmic fluctuations and orientations of BCU’s campuses.

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Starting from Lefebvre’s conceptualisation of Rhythm, the pilot project set out to capture the rhythmic fluctuations and orientations of BCU’s campuses: City Centre and City South. To grasp the unfolding of their everyday life, it registered the teacher and learner’s spatio-temporal and emotional experience of each institutional space at a particular time (localised temporality), testing the strength of the rhythmanalytical project as a method capable of harnessing the complexity of these articulations in their simultaneity.

Research Aims
  • Explore temporal-spatial-affective dimensions of teaching and learning
  • Produce a Critique of the University’s Everyday Life
  • Test Rhythmanalysis as a method for cultural-historical research
  • Contribute to the debate on Accelerated vs. Slow Academy  
Method of Research
  • Time-Lapse Photography (3 campuses)
  • Walking Interviews (accompanied) with participants wearing a GoPro camera (to capture institutional itineraries)
  • Audio-recorded Semi-Structured Interviews 
  • Secondary data analysis (relevant literatures)
Application of Research
  • Critique of Contemporary University
  • Media Studies and Education
  • Impact of Social Acceleration on nature/quality of Academic Labour
  • Architecture and Education: spatial configuration and related educational experiences in a post-92 university