Filip Vostal, Ph.D.

Lecturer, School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Filip Vostal holds Ph.D. in sociology from University of Bristol, UK. He has published several articles on acceleration in/of academia and is the author of Accelerating Academia: The Changing Structure of Academic Time (2016, Palgrave/Springer). He is a junior researcher at the Centre for Science, Technology, and Society Studies, Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Filip tweets at @filvos.


Critical Social Theory, Sociology of Time & Speed, Social Studies of Science

courses taught

Introduction to Social Theory

publications & other activities

  • Books
  • 2016 - Accelerating Academia: The Changing Structure of Academic Time. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Peer-reviewed articles in international journals
  • Forthcoming: Slowing down modernity: a critique. Time & Society.
  • 2015 - Speed kills, speed thrills: constraining and enabling accelerations in academic work-life. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 13 (3): 295-314, DOI:10.1080/14767724.2014.959895.
  • 2015 - Academic life in the fast lane: the experience of time and speed in British academia. Time & Society, 24 (1): 71-95, DOI:10.1177/0961463X13517537.
  • 2014 - Thematizing speed: between critical theory and cultural analysis. European Journal of Social Theory, 17 (1): 95-114, DOI:10.1177/1368431013505014.
  • 2013 - Sociology’s rhythms: temporalities of knowledge production. Teorie vědy/Theory of Science 35 (4): 499-524.
  • 2012 - Knowledge mediators and lubricating channels: on the temporal politics of remissioning the university. TOPIA – Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 28 (Fall 2012): 143-164. (with S Robertson)
  • 2011- One-dimensional university realised: capitalist ethos and ideological shifts in higher education. Graduate Journal of Social Science, 8 (1): 62-82. (with L Silvaggi and R Vasilaki).
  • Book chapters
  • Forthcoming: Rychlostí světla: vysokofrekvenční obchodování jako symptom sociální akcelerace času [At the speed of light: high-frequency trading as a symptom of social acceleration of time]. In Dvořak, T. (ed.) Temporalita (nových) médií [Temporality of (new) media]. Praha: AVU. [in Czech]
  • 2015 - Temporalities of academic work. In Peters, MA. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Singapore: Springer. Published online 17 October 2015 as DOI 10.1007/978-981-287-532-7_125-1.
  • Review articles
  • 2014 - Towards a social theory of acceleration: Time, modernity, critique. (Book review essay of Hartmut Rosa’s Social Acceleration: A New Theory of Modernity). Revue europénnne des sciences sociales 52(2): 235-249.