Is the weekend dead? Pedagogical reflections on leisure philosophies, praxis and social change in academic work/life
This pedagogical essay examines learning about leisure philosophies by contrasting counter-hegemonic praxis to dominant contemporary ideologies of work in the neoliberal age. Principles of shabbat and Slow Foods were engaged to explore concepts of leisure and time in a senior leisure philosophies course; a teaching memoir contextualizes emergent insights to work/life imbalance among students and professors. We draw on Paulo Freire and Mark Kingwell to suggest conscientization emerged through an experiential and reflective interplay of principles and actions. Critique reflects on concerns involving intellectual labour and the academic workforce in the modern knowledge economy. Humanistic recognition that leisure can foster better living through awareness of being and understanding time as life can contribute to a good life, social change and justice in the academic workplace and beyond. What we learned draws attention to structural dimensions of political economy relevant to a broader understanding of leisure and wellbeing in Canada.