Won By A Certain Labour: A Conversation On The While Of Things

  • Sheila M. Ross
  • David W. Jardine


This conversation began when one of us (Jardine 2008) discovered a published article by the other (Ross 2004) and ended up with an e-mailed dissertation (Ross 2003). This lead to a decision to work together on our mutual interests in Hans-Georg Gadamer’s idea of Verweilen—an experience of time (and a place of cultivation) involving whiling, tarrying, gathering—threaded with our interests in education and the work of teaching and learning. In the spirit of the topic under consideration, what follows is an edited and annotated version of our ensuing conversation which, we hope, will draw readers into their own considerations of the while of things.