The full issue is available here.
A great special issue of the Cambridge Journal of Anthropology, on the topic of 'time tricking', has just come to our attention. Edited by Roxana Moroşanu and Felix Ringel (Felix was a contributor to our Power, Time and Agency event), the Special Issue looks at "the question of temporal agency. We claim that the concept of time-tricking allows a reconsideration of temporal agency, and then set out how the articles that make up this Special Section contribute to this reconsideration...two versions of temporal agency are particularly salient in this endeavour: first, as a response to crisis; second, as a form of maintenance work"
The full issue is available here.
Call for Papers
CRCC symposium on Media and Time
Loughborough, UK, 15-16 June 2017
We are inviting applications for a symposium on Media and Time, organised by Loughborough University’s Centre for Research in Culture and Communication, due to take place in Loughborough on 15-16 June 2017.
Confirmed key-note speaker: Professor Paddy Scannell, University of Michigan
Media and communication technologies are inextricably bound up with the passage of time. Different forms and genres of mediated communication shape our sense of time in different ways, structure our daily routines, invite us to join in festive occasions, and help us manage the unexpected. They offer narratives and images of the past, contribute to the formation of collective memories, and help us imagine the future. Media are also themselves subjected to the passage of time: established forms of communication are unsettled by new technologies, as well as by the economic, political and cultural changes occurring in the society at large. Finally, media old and new play an important role in both furthering social change and reproducing the status quo, a fact that only becomes fully apparent once we study the media over a longer stretch of time.
Despite the ubiquitous presence of time in mediated communication, the relationship between the two has so far received only sporadic attention, and is often discussed across different disciplinary field and subfields. This two-day symposium seeks to bring together scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to discuss selected aspects of the relationship between media and time. The event will be organised around three key themes, each addressing a set of related questions:
Convenors: Melodee Beals, Ele Belfiore, Emily Keightley, Thoralf Klein, Sabina Mihelj, Simone Natale, Alena Pfoser, James Stanyer and Peter Yeandle.
Please submit a c. 250 words abstract with a brief bio to Emily Keightley (E.Keightley@lboro.ac.uk) and Peter Yeandle (P.Yeandle@lboro.ac.uk) by Monday 12 December 2016.
Participants will be asked to contribute a small fee to cover meals and related expenses (up to £50, with a discount for PhD students and participants from low-income countries).
Understanding Material Loss Across Time and Space Conference
17-18 February 2017, University of Birmingham
Understanding Material Loss intends to examine the usefulness of ‘loss’ as an analytical framework across different disciplines and subfields, but principally within historical studies. Loss and absence are slowly being recognized as significant factors in historical processes, particularly in relation to the material world. Archaeologists, anthropologists, philosophers, literary scholars, sociologists and historians have increasingly come to understand the material world as an active and shaping force. Nevertheless, while significant, such studies have consistently privileged material presence as the basis for understanding how and why the material world has played an increasingly important role in the lives of humans. In contrast, Understanding Material Loss suggests that instances of absence, as much as presence, provide important means of understanding how and why the material world has shaped human life and historical processes.
Speculative and exploratory in nature, Understanding Material Loss asserts that in a period marked by ecological destruction, but also economic austerity, large scale migration and increasing resource scarcity, it is important that historians work to better understand the ways in which humans have responded to material loss in the past and how such responses have shaped change. Understanding Material Loss asks: how have humans historically responded to material loss and how has this shaped historical processes? The conference will bring together a range of scholars in an effort more to begin to explore and frame a problem, than provide definitive answers.
Confirmed keynote speakers include:
Thanks to Past & Present and the University of Birmingham for their generous support for the conference
UTOPIA AT THE BORDER
The fourth symposium of the Imaginaries of the Future Research Network University of Regensburg, 20-22nd September 2016
‘There was a wall. It did not look important…’ – Ursula Le Guin, The Dispossessed
‘[We seek]…a world without borders, where no one is prevented from moving because of where you were born, or because of race, class or economic resources…’ – No Borders UK
‘We resolve…to strengthen control over our territories and to not permit the entry of any government functionary nor of a single transnational corporation.’ – The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador
Borders are a key feature of our present. Whether national, regional, physical, electronic, cognitive, performative or cultural, they unevenly regulate the movement of bodies, ideas, objects, capital and bytes. Geopolitical borders are frequently sites of domination, but they may also provide solace for oppressed groups, some of whom actively call for or construct borders so they might protect their ways of living and advance their struggles. Conceptual borders allow us to grasp a complex world, but may inhibit understanding, communication and change. Temporal borders, meanwhile, seek to fix history into discrete categories of past, present and future.
Yet borders are not permanent. They remain a key site of contestation and struggle; and must continually be remade through technology, performance and often violence. And border crossings transform subjects, the space-times they leave, and the space-times they enter; as well as borders themselves. This means that utopianism – praxis that seeks to transform space and time – has much to offer contemporary ways of relating to borders. It can educate our desire for alternatives, and by showing us these alternatives – in fiction, theory or practice – estrange us from borders as they currently exist. The need for utopian rethinking and contestation of borders strikes us as particularly urgent given the current refugee crisis in Europe, and the continued role of borders in neocolonial dispossession around the world. Yet whilst a utopian lens may have much to offer the thinking and practice of borders this does not mean that the utopian is without borders of its own. Indeed, despite a turn to ‘the horizon’ and process in recent utopian theory, borders play a key role in many fictional utopias and dystopias; in ‘real world’ utopian communities; and in definitions of utopia itself.
Utopia at the Border aims to consider the relationship between borders and the utopian. Borders are to be critically examined even as participants question their own relationships to borders through their work and travel. We would also like to think through what is gained and lost by extending the notion of borders beyond the geopolitical. We welcome papers of up to 20 minutes and are open to artistic or activist contributions; as well as to interventions that fall between or go beyond such boundaries. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this informally before submitting a proposal, or if you would like to take up more than 20 minutes. A special issue of the Open Library of the Humanities journal will be produced drawing on presentations from the symposium. This will form part of the Imaginaries of the Future publication series.
Papers may engage with one or more of the following aspects of borders, although this is by no means an exhaustive list:
THE BORDERS OF UTOPIA AND DYSTOPIA
-Borders in utopian and dystopian texts
-The borders of utopian communities
-Anti-borders utopianism in theory, fiction and practice
COLONIALISM, DECOLONIZATION, INDIGENEITY AND BORDERS -Colonial border construction and praxis -Reservations -Indigenous borders -New and future borders: Antarctica, under the sea, extraterrestrial?
(ANTI-)BORDER TECHNOLOGIES AND PRACTICES -Passports -Walls, fences, barricades -Raids, detention and deportation -Metrics and biometrics -Anti-borders activism
(REFUSING) TEMPORAL BORDERS
-The division of time into past, present and future -Spatial borders as temporal borders -Spatial history -The ‘not-yet’, the immanent, the prefigurative
BORDERS, IDENTITY AND THE BODY
-Borders, race and racialization
-Non-conforming bodies at the border
-Affect at the border
-Mestiza and cross-border identities
PUBLIC SPACE, THE COMMONS AND ENCLOSURE
-Borders and the commons
-Border technologies in urban space
CROSS BORDER (NON-)COMMUNICATION
-Disciplinary and conceptual borders
-Censorship and gate-keeping
-Communication technologies and border activism
-Non-humans at the border
-Finance, goods and trade
-Wilderness, nature and ecology
-Chemical, biological and physical borders/boundaries
ART OF THE BORDER; ART AT THE BORDER; ART AGAINST THE BORDER -The architecture and aesthetics of (former) border crossings -Artistic performance and representation of/at borders, their crossings and their refusals -Passport design
-Non-state space; the state of exception -Necropolitics and the border -Exile and statelessness -International waters
STRUGGLES WITH AND AGAINST BORDERS
-Fortress Europe and the migrant crisis
-Border struggles and crossings in history, religion and myth -Smuggling
BORDERS AND LABOUR
-Freedom of movement and ‘the career’
-Borders and divisions of labour
-University staff as border agents
There is no fee to attend the symposium. Lunches and refreshments will be provided during the days of the symposium.
Five bursaries – two of up to £1,000, and three of up to £350 – will be awarded through open competition to individuals who wish to contribute to the symposium. These can be used to cover food, travel and accommodation costs, but can only be reclaimed after the symposium upon production of receipts. The larger bursaries are intended for applicants traveling a significant distance to attend the symposium. We welcome submissions from all academic career stages, as well as from non academics. Bursary recipients will be expected to contribute a piece of writing and/or media for the Network blog. If you would like to apply for a bursary please clearly state this with your proposal, and state whether you are applying for up to £350 or up to £1,000. Please also attach a CV (if a CV is not appropriate to convey the experiences you would draw on in presenting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org before applying).
Please send proposals (up to 300 words) to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Please indicate in your email if you would be interested in contributing to the special journal issue, which would have a deadline in spring 2017. The deadline for proposals is midnight (BST) on Sunday June 12th.
If you have any questions about this call please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This comes via the Legal Temporalities Network
Sensing Time: the Art & Science of Clocks & Watches
Friday 17th June - Saturday 18th June 2016.
Friday 17th June evening lecture at the Science Museum:
Time for Shakespeare by Professor Tiffany Stern, University of Oxford
Free, booking required
Saturday 18th June study day, V&A:
Sensing Time: the Art & Science of Clocks & Watches
An interdisciplinary study day which will bring together international expertise from museum curators, historians, clock-makers and conservators.
£50, £40 concessions, £15 student, booking required
Saturday 18th June evening concert by Florilegium, Foundling Museum:
£18, booking required
Third Annual ACGS Conference
*Where Are We Now? Temporalities of Globalisation*
*Amsterdam, 15-16 December 2016*
Confirmed speakers: Amy Allen (Pennsylvania State University), Louise
Amoore (Durham University), Rolando Vazquez (Utrecht University)
Globalisation is often seen as a single process, unfolding in a single timeframe that serves as a universal measure. This synchronic, or perhaps better still, monochronic conception of globalisation’s temporality creates problematic distinctions between the ‘contemporary’ and the ‘archaic’, between the ‘modern’ and the ‘traditional’ and between globalisation’s GMT and cultures, subjects and areas that are seen to remain out of time. Such a vision of the temporality of globalisation, and its underlying 'denial of coevalness' (Johannes Fabian), entails a perpetuation of the dominant narrative of modernisation and modernity as progress and temporal advance, as the integration (or lack thereof) in the universalising timeframe of the contemporary (Amy Allen). Today, we witness many cultural practices that challenge, refute or problematise this narrative: from new forms of cultural translation (including a validation of the untranslatable) and the proliferation of decolonial altermodernities to the emergence of
Euro-American populist nostalgia; from accelerationism and hyper-temporalities (such as that of climate change), to renewed appraisals of slowness and reflection on the end of temporality (Fredric Jameson).
The 2016 Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies conference highlights the urgency to reconsider globalisation from the perspective of today’s multiple temporalities. We want to explore new conceptualisations of the multiple, differentiated temporalities of globalisation. What if still dominant representations of globalisation as an unfolding process – an agent of sorts that is alternatively embraced, resisted, missed out on; that homogenises or pluralises – are simply inadequate to grasp what we refer to as globalisation today? We call for contributions that investigate
globalisation as the simultaneity of different and radically divergent temporalities. Emerging decolonial temporalities (Walter Mignolo), Euro-American populist withdrawal, re-emerging imperialisms (U.S., Europe, Russia, Middle East, China), the project of de-imperialisation, de-Cold War and de-colonisation (Chen Kuan-Hsing), 24/7 neo-capitalism (Jonathan Crary), the hyper-temporality of climate change, imperial ruination (Ann Laura Stoler), the exclusion of states and regions (i.e. Africa, Greece) from the rhythms of neoliberal capitalism (Maurizio Lazzarato), high-speed
financial trading, revelations of global economic warfare, aging workforces (Europe, Japan): all these examples demonstrate that globalisation, in its present, singular tense, no longer covers our fractured and multi-temporal
We invite theoretical and empirical interventions to analyse the ways in which globalisation’s manifold temporalities – and their problematization – appear in the socio-cultural realm: from decolonial cinema and novels flaunting their untranslatability to the way news and social media ‘chase’ each other; from the use of extreme duration in theatre and contemporary art and the fashionability of yoga classes and mindfulness to the global boom in plastic surgery and expressions of imperial nostalgia; from the seeming endlessness of crisis to regressive and progressive attempts to find a 'way out of here'.
The 2016 ACGS conference welcomes papers that explore the complexity and radical heterogeneity of today’s planetary temporalities. Possible topics include:- decolonial temporalities
- cultural translation and untranslatability
- out-of-timeness and 'backward' peripheries within globalised economic
spheres (i.e. the Greek crisis, North Korea, Belarus)
- differences between and intersections of urban/rural temporalities
- chronotopias, from the Western metropolitan yearning for ‘slowness’ to
dreams of fully automated market transactions
- affective temporalities, i.e. burn-out, exhaustion, YOLO/FOLO, things-to-do-before-you-‐die/bucket lists
- ecology: the hyper-temporality of climate change
- the temporal dimensions of neo-imperialisms, for example the Ukraine crisis, Euro‐American interference in the Middle East
- debris of empire, imperial ruinations
- cycles and crisis: social, financial, personal
- discourses of contemporaneity, i.e. the managerial/neoliberal rhetoric of ‘this is no longer of today’
- utopias of timelessness, i.e. the Islamic State, populism, communism
- theories and representations of end times, i.e. biological extinction, the end of capitalism, the end of the welfare state, eschatological imaginaries in popular culture
- temporalities of precarity (flexibility, just-in-time, absent futures)
- the withering away of ‘the future’ as universal telos in culture and theory
- entropy in culture, economy and ecology
- temporalities of security (pre-emption and precaution)
- uneven development and creative destruction
- homogenisation of time as effect and condition of the logic of capital
Please submit an abstract (200-300 words) and short bio (max. 100 words) by 1 May 2016 to email@example.com. Notice of acceptance will be given by 15 June 2016. Conference fee: 50 Euros (25 Euros for PhD students). Conference dinner: 25 Euros.
Organisers: Joost de Bloois, Marieke de Goede, Yolande Jansen, Jeroen de
Kloet, Esther Peeren, Kati Röttger.
Technicity, Temporality, Embodiment: the 10th International Somatechnics Conference
Byron Bay December 1-3, 2016
Following recent conferences in Linköping (2013), Otago (2014) and Tucson (2015), we are pleased to announce that the tenth International Somatechnics Conference will be held in Byron Bay from Dec 1-3, 2016. The conference is co-hosted by the University of Queensland and Southern Cross University, with the support of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.
The term “somatechnics” was coined in 2003, as a new critical framework through which to rethink the relationship between technologies and embodiment. As Nikki Sullivan argues: ”techné is not something we add or apply to the already constituted body (as object), nor is it a tool that the embodied self employs to its own ends. Rather, technés are the dynamic means in and through which corporealities are crafted” (TSQ 1.1-2 2014).
This conference is intended to extend this focus on bodily techniques and embodied technologies to engage with recent theories of time and temporalities, as well as feminist, queer and trans historiography. Philosophies of time and critical investigations of past, present and future technologies have long been important concerns in studies of embodiment. Studies of the historical construction of gender and embodied memory, as well as various durational approaches to materiality, have revealed the important role played by technicity and temporality in the construction of corporealities. Points of intersection and divergence between such critical conceptions of time and technology, and recent science studies open up a further set of directions.
We welcome a broad range of papers and presentations on the technologies and temporalities of the body. These might include, but are not restricted to, the following perspectives:
· Gender, queer and/or trans studies
· Histories of gender and/or sexuality
· New Materialisms
· The anthropocene
· Science studies
· Critical race studies
· Disability and/or crip theory
· Digital cultures
· Visual and literary cultures
· Art history and theory
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Vicki Kirby (University of New South Wales)
Suvendrini Perera (Curtin University)
Susan Stryker (University of Arizona)
Valerie Traub (University of Michigan)
Organised by Elizabeth Stephens (Southern Cross University) and Karin Sellberg (University of Queensland)
The deadline for abstracts is Friday April 15, 2016. Proposals for individual papers or presentations, or organised panels or streams, are welcome. Please send your proposals to:
For further details and continual updates, visit our conference website:
or Facebook event page: