Communal deep reading – reclaiming your focus

Are you struggling to read deeply because of short attention spans and endless distractions?

Do you miss the experience of getting lost in a book? 

This extended communal reading session is aimed at helping you to (re)discover the ability to read deeply for an extended time. We will meet to read together for the majority of a day, taking steps to tune out our most common distractions. There will also be time to share our experiences with the reading process at lunch time and at the end of the day. We hope that through this experience, you will find a new focus that you can apply to your everyday reading, learn valuable lessons about how to minimize distractions, and perhaps establish a different relationship to the text than you are able to in your normal skim-reading and jumping around in a text. 

The session lasts from 10am to 5pm, with time for some discussion and lunch between 12 noon and 1pm, as well as another opportunity to share our experiences from 4pm onwards. This means that we will read for a total of about five hours. 

You can pick a reading of your own choosing for the session, perhaps something that relates to your research. This is an unusual opportunity to engage with something substantive, so we recommend that you choose something that lends itself to deep reading – ideally a book, if that’s relevant in your field. For instance, an ethnography might be the natural choice for an anthropologist. 

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