Denver University Professor, Ryan Gildersleeve, is bound to be a student favorite, with teachings like these! Gildersleeve is the Chair of the Department of Higher Education, and is making waves for advancing some shocking claims.
In a recent academic publication, the professor takes that neo-liberal “corporate university” to task for slandering the pathetic habits and scholarly output of the “lazy academic.” In fact, he argues, laziness ought to be considered a deeply important and impactful “political stance,” which can be wielded in the fight for Social Justice. Guildersleeve posits that revolutionary acts of laziness are what is needed to, “disrupt normative explanations of the world” – whatever that means.
Ryan, in his recent article, went on to classify “four overlapping yet somewhat distinct versions of laziness that form the basis of the lazy inquiry,” which are shaping up the “behind-the-scenes virtue of post-qualitative inquiry,” named as political, practical, artistic, and philosophical laziness. He further said that combined, “they form an entangled web of laziness more so than individual pathways to lazy activity.”
Incredibly, his article was published by a peer reviewed journal. Apparently, he is not the only accademic out there that extolling the revolutionary benefits of being lazy , and even top acccademic journals agree with him!
Ryan also went on to explain how everyday acts of laziness can change the world. Taking the example of mindlessly meandering around, he said that it “doesn’t mean anything: a walk can just be a walk. So, therefore, any interview segment can just be words from an interview segment.”
He continued, “Admiring athleticism” could lead to wondering, “Does the soccer ball kick back?” and when practicing yoga, one may choose to consider, “I should call Aaron back.”
According to Guildersleeve, the lazy act of “generating a list of potential titles of papers I might one day never write,” goes on to fall into this sequence: “Concepts. Titles are concepts. Papers are extensions of these concepts. Not all concepts find a line of flight. Not all lines of flight become assemblages. Not all assemblages de-territorialize/re-territorialize. Concepts.”
However, the prevailing anti-laziness order that he alleges pervades the modern academy, “cares little for such practice, fearful it slows down the processes of production.”
Ultimately, Gildersleeve wants to be the spearhead of a revolutionary movement of lazy academics that will, “recaptures and valorizes lazy into political action,” so that, once again, “the lazy, the leisurely, and the idle are to be rendered into the virtuous.”
Frankly, it’s a wonder that his paper was ever written at all, given how “lazy” this professor is!