7 June 2017 (10.00-18.00) at the University of Leicester, UK
Camps offer an increasingly visible form of housing and shelter in the contemporary world. Notionally temporary, camps seem to form a permanent social reality reflecting an increasingly permanent state of crisis of social reproduction globally. We witness, on the one hand, state and supra-state agencies employing camps as attempts to manage flows of migration and refuge, or in responses to natural disasters. On the other hand, camps emerge more autonomously, in defiance of the control associated with the managerial provision of care, and in response to the limits of state and supra-state care provision. Finally camps have become an ever more present social movement tactic, often explicitly addressing concerns of social reproduction.
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September 28–30, 2017, Bayreuth, Germany
Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies
Working Group ‘Waiting for Futures’
Africa’s futures, Goldstein and Obarrio (2016: 13) remark, seem to be ‘engulfed by a continuous present’. Economic exigencies, neopatrimonial dependencies, conflicts, displacements, inequalities and a widespread insecurity about day-to-day routines have epistemic repercussions: the present’s obtrusiveness limits horizons of expectation, perpetually postponing the creation of meaningful futures. Simultaneously, and seemingly paradoxically, for many people in Africa the main state of being is one of anticipatory alignment towards possible futures – a state that is principally tantamount to waiting. People wait for work and (social) adulthood; for opportunities for education, migration and curative treatment; for stability, prosperity, redemption etc. At the same time, ‘works of waiting’ are also ubiquitous in more quotidian realms, such as transport, bureaucracy and ICTs.
Whether experienced as suffering or deferred gratification, as a ‘wasting’ of time or an ‘investment’ in the proverbial better-times-to-come, waiting portends that the future will be qualitatively different from the present. While waiting, people engage in and expect something from the future and, ultimately, from life, ascribing value to what is forthcoming, whether near or far. Waiting, seen from this angle, emerges as both a gap and a link between present and future. Waiting might be experienced as a temporal void or an instrument for submission, leading people to resign to fate or into states of rage, frustration or even apathy. Yet it might also surface as a possibility for muse or for tempting fate by exercising faith, hope, patience and, ultimately, agency. States of waiting tend to restructure temporality in such ways that present and past are engaging the future as a possibility for difference, whether this pertains to social, economic, political, religious, imaginative, existential or utterly mundane positioning.
In this interdisciplinary workshop, we want to attend to the multifaceted nature of waiting from an Africanist perspective. We invite empirical or theoretical contributions from across the social sciences and cultural studies to explore practices, experiences, affects, contexts and consequences of waiting in Africa and among African diasporas. By zeroing in on the different ways in which people engage with temporalities of waiting, be it through modes of expectancy, patience, perseverance, creed, anxiety, powerlessness or indifference, we wish to strengthen the theoretical purchase that the perspective on waiting offers. Set against the overarching topic of waiting in Africa, the primary aim of the workshop is to provide a platform for discussing different approaches towards waiting as both a descriptive and an analytical category, as well as for reflecting on the methodological challenges implied in the study of situations of waiting.
We plan to invite up to fifteen participants, each contributing a paper of about twenty to thirty minutes followed by time for discussion, and with ample opportunity for exchange outside the formal session setting. The Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies will account for lodging and reasonable travel expenses. As an outcome of the workshop, we envisage a joint publication.
If interested, please send a 300-word abstract to Valerie Hänsch <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Serawit B. Debele <email@example.com> and Michael Stasik <firstname.lastname@example.org> by April 30, 2017.
The Pathologies of Time: Stability and its Discontents
Timothy Barker’s 2012 book, Time and the Digital, collated perspectives on time in Deleuze, Serres, and Whitehead to theorize a notion of time that is thick, dynamic, and multiple, clarifying the notion that all aspects art, scientific inquiry, and everyday life are involved in a complex becoming inside the operations of flexible, unpredictable movements of time. The idea of continual becoming has been circulating for some time now and informs work by Elizabeth Grosz, Karen Barad, Barbara Bolt, and others as they theorize the ability of subjects and objects to transform each other in an a-linear manner, through their situated relations. What this complex notion of time also carries is a groundlessness that can be considered unstable, unreliable, and even pathological. While we might be excited about the possibilities of non-linear, a-logical time, we also are often compelled to meet it with the need to normalize it or make it recognizable and “healthy.”
This panel is proposed for the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts annual meeting where the topic of inquiry is “Out of Time.” The organizers seek to develop a conversation that entertains questions around how pathologies of subjectivity, relational dynamics, and sociability (i.e., illness, dysfunction, disruption) can be considered in complex orders of time, such as digital or queer, beyond the need to resolve the pathology or to impose well-known structures of stability. The reaction to the horrors of disorder and chaos largely consists of balancing gestures intended to return the situation to stasis. We wonder what other responses to instability might be of interest as we consider the prospects for navigating the elastic complexities of a‑normative time.
Areas of interest could include, but are never limited to, haunted time, disabled time, disruption and stability, queer time, ludic time, Trump time, or affective time. Papers that consider art, media, social movements, and everyday life as aesthetic performances of complex time relative to the topic are especially welcome.
Please send abstracts of 300 words with a brief biographical statement to email@example.com with the subject “SLSA Panel Submission.” The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2017.
The conference will be in Phoenix, AZ, November 9-12, 2017.
The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts welcomes colleagues in the sciences, engineering, technology, computer science, medicine, the social sciences, the humanities, the arts, and independent scholars and artists. SLSA members share an interest in problems of science and representation, and in the cultural and social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine. Their website is litsciarts.org.
Conference of Irish Geographers, University College Cork.
Thursday 4 May - Saturday 6 May 2017.
Call for Papers (Deadline 20th March 2017). Early bird registration closes 20th March.
Organisers: Temporality in the City. Rachel.McArdle@nuim.ie
Space and time are key concepts in Geography but often space is prioritised over time. Temporality within the urban is often focused on understanding temporary uses of vacant spaces and this has been an increasing narrative in the literature in recent years. These types of temporary uses are often critiqued as fitting neatly into neoliberal city agendas (O’ Callaghan and Lawton, 201). The often temporariness of these sites can lessen their impact on urban discourse, thus, in this session we want to illustrate alternative narratives of temporariness. We wish to explore temporality more broadly to include not only temporary spaces, but also events in the city which are temporary, such as emergencies or politics. Exploring issues such as, in what ways do these narratives merge, diverge, illuminate one another, and create one another? What can be learned from expanding the concepts of temporary use to other examples in the city? Examples could include the temporariness of emergencies, elected officials, governance and acts of governmentality, public response, protest, technology, governance and work amongst others. Simply, this session is interested in exploring the idea of urban temporariness, which is seen as a distinct form of modernity (Benko, 1997), beyond just its effects on spaces but on how they are connected and constantly re-create, sustain and dismantle each other.
Thus, this session is not prescriptive and welcomes academics and postgraduate students interested in urban temporality and its effect on different urban systems, infrastructures, phenomenon’s and issues. We particularly welcome case studies that add to the limited empirical work in the area of urban temporality in the context of permanent systems with a temporary element such as emergencies and elected officials.
Areas of potential interest for research papers may include, but are not limited to:
Instructions for authors
Please submit your abstract through the CIG paper abstract form and select 'Temporality in the City' as the themed session and forward your abstract and interest to session convenors. Form can be found here: http://www.conferenceofirishgeographers.ie/abstract-submission-form-c1r5x
Please note: You cannot submit an abstract until you have registered for the conference which we urge you to do asap.
The expected format is 15 minutes with 5 minutes for Q&A but is subject to change.
CFP - Synchronizing the World: Historic Times, Globalized Times, Anthropogenic Times - June 12-14, 2017 (cross-posted, with apologies)
by Hedda Susanne Molland
International Conference at the University of Oslo, June 12-14, 2017
DEADLINE: February 25 (if your paper is accepted you will be notified by March 5).
For its three day international conference, the SAMKUL (NRC) project Synchronizing the World invites papers that investigate the problem of multiple temporalities and their synchronization in the Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment world. We define synchronization as the process by which the Enlightenment notion of progress, a temporal concept, was made global through the processes of colonialism and globalization.
Abstracts for 20 minute papers are invited on these topics - 1. Comparative studies of the Enlightenment notion of progress and progress in the colonial contact zones
2. Studies of the 19 th century progress phenomenons such as the Arab Nahda, the Ottoman Tanzimat, the Meiji Ishin, and the Bengal Renaissance
3. Investigations into the genres of synchronization: universal histories, encyclopedias and the novel and others, and how these categories developed the notion of progress
4. Studies of entangled temporalities such as geological times, clock times, and cultural times
5. The instrumentalization of temporalities
6. The failure of synchronization as a process and the role of residual or dominant discourses in nonsynchronicities
7. The effect of nonsynchronicities on the technologies of progress and globalization
8. The effect of nonsynchronicity in investigating the development of genre
9. The role of synchronization processes in the definition of crises
10. Investigating the problem of multiple temporalities in terms of distributed environmental and geopolitical effects of anthropogenic activity
500 WORD Abstracts may be sent by 25 FEBRUARY 2017: firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on the call for paper
On the conference in general
CFP Variations of temporal belonging: time, sociality and difference (Michael Stasik and Alena Thiel)
We would like to invite you to propose a paper to our conference panel “Variations of temporal belonging: time, sociality and difference” at the DGV Conference “Belonging: Affective, moral and political practices in an interconnected world”, Berlin, 4-7 October 2017. To propose a paper, please email abstracts of max. 1.200 characters (incl. spaces) and also a short version of max. 300 characters (incl. spaces) to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 February 2017.
The category of time is, as Émile Durkheim (1915) observes, essentially social. Edmund Leach (1961) furthers this point by stating that collective representations of temporal relations not only express time but produce it. Distinguishing, measuring and “knowing” time in its sequences and rhythms is not only a collective effort but (re)produces a sense of being in, belonging to and attunement with the social world. Indeed, the task of keeping together in time is a key prerequisite for the creation and cohesion of social groups and thus of affective, moral, political and economic relationships. Yet given that, as Alfred Gell (1992) notes, “myriad forms of society have evolved and sustained their distinctive temporalities at different places and during different historical epochs”, what happens to these multiple and heterogeneous temporalities in moments of their encounter, triggered for example by processes of globalisation, migration, technological change, mass mediatisation, conflict or the workings of capital?
Taking the classic anthropology of time as a point of departure, in this workshop we invite empirically-grounded contributions to explore how cultural constructions of time and “temporal belonging” (Bastian 2015) play out in a world where social formations appear increasingly synchronised while, at the same time, being subjected to constant multiplications of forms of belonging? Which affective, moral and political changes occur in these temporal convergences and how do they affect belonging? What makes some temporalities more dominant than others? How do hegemonic timescapes, or “chronocracies”, facilitate exclusion and what are the limits and possibilities of temporal agency? Which temporal affordances are contributing to social change and, conversely, which social practices are conducive to produce temporal difference?
RGS-IBG Annual Conference, London, 29th August – 1st September 2017
Resource Temporalities: Anticipations, Retentions and Afterlives
Session Convenors: Dr Kärg Kama (Oxford, Geography) & Dr Gisa Weszkalnys (LSE, Anthropology)
Deadline: 5th February 2017
Recent work in resource geography and anthropology has demonstrated the need to move beyond issues of resource control and distribution toward a critical examination of how resources are made (Bridge 2013, Kama 2013, Li 2014, Richardson and Weszkalnys 2014). A focus on resource-making draws attention to the distributed quality of resources as always in-becoming, rather than biophysically or geophysically given, substances. It also reveals their indeterminate and often speculative nature as the outcome of a variety of techno-scientific, governmental, entrepreneurial, and financial practices (e.g. Majury 2014, Valdivia 2015, Weszkalnys 2015, Zalik 2015). Inherent to this process of resource-making are important temporal aspects, which have remained remarkably underexplored. In this session, we take the existing literature as a springboard to ask new questions about the multiple temporalities generated by processes of resource-making ranging from anticipations of resource matters, to their diverse retentions, to other temporal and material states once processed or unmade as a resource.
Resource-making rarely follows a linear trajectory. Its projected successes are often no more than a grasping for self-fulfilling prophecies, and its achievements are partly bound to the legacies of past and present resource production through types of path-dependency and lock-ins. Current examples of resource-making projects highlight their incremental yet spatio-temporally contingent nature, including the mortgaging of hydrocarbon futures by emerging producer states, a practice recently called into question by falling oil prices; the constitution of “reclaimed” landscapes in the context of mine decommissioning and closure; the production of overinflated resource estimates in the quest for “unconventional” fossil fuels and novel extractive spaces (e.g. ocean seabeds); as well as the specific modes of financialisation now encountered at resource frontiers, which produce various absences and presences across the domains of science and market. Important questions are also raised by the parallel life of extractive waste products and by projects of resource-making that have been blocked or indefinitely postponed due to scientific, political, or economic factors.
We invite papers that explore the diverse engagements with time that underpin these and other resource-making endeavours, drawing on a range of methods and trans-disciplinary analytical approaches. Contributions may address (but are not limited to) the following themes:
For more information on the conference, please see the following link: http://www.rgs.org/WhatsOn/ConferencesAndSeminars/Annual+International+Conference/Annual+international+conference.htm
Troubling Time: An Exploration of Temporality in the Arts
University of Manchester
Friday, 2nd June 2017.
This conference aims to consider time and the multifaceted ways it manifests in and structures the arts - in film, performance, television, theatre, video games, music, dance, live broadcast, and visual art, to name just a few. At first glance, the arts appear to be unavoidably time-bound, largely dependent on our understandings of chronological time and space. However, the arts are also capable of finding ways for different types of temporalities to irrupt, to disrupt, to resist, and to bubble beyond the surface.
Troubling Time is an interdisciplinary conference that aims to bring together postgraduate students, early career researchers and established academics to explore the issues of time and temporality in the arts.
The organisers of this interdisciplinary conference warmly invite proposals for 20 minute presentations/provocations/performances/creative approaches to time in the arts. We actively encourage contributions that engage practically with their duration, with the aim of fostering methodological diversity.
Topics include but are not limited to:
• Issue of time and medium specificity
• Modalities and methodologies of research into time and the arts
• Homogenous/heterogeneous time
• Time and space
• Haunting or possession by the past
• Approaches to the archive and time
• Re-enactment and re-embodiment
• Documenting the present
• Futurity or lack thereof
• Ageing - growing up and growing old
• Indexicality and the arts
• Linear and non-linear time
• Time as politics
Please send your abstract (250 words), its title, and a short biography (100 words) to email@example.com by Friday, 3rd March 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of March. At the moment, the organisers are envisioning a one-day event but there is the possibility of extending it to two days if the level of response requires it.
**2nd Call for Papers for Nordic Geographers Meeting June 18th–21st 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden**
Conveners: Aron Sandell (University of Oslo, Norway) & Tuomo Alhojärvi (University of Oulu, Finland)
The eight years that have passed since the meltdown of financial capitalism have been characterized not only by the proliferation of austerity measures but also by the popularization of postcapitalist imaginaries. Ideas around an approaching end of capitalism circulate widely today and have been propagated in particular through a genre of writing that we might call postcapitalist futurology. Some of the main contributions to this genre, including Mason’s Postcapitalism (2015), Srnicek & Williams’s Inventing the Future (2015) and Hardt & Negri’s Commonwealth (2009), all propose similar narratives of capitalist crisis and postcapitalist potentiality based on the tendential developments of machinic automation and digital networks of socialized information. The path to postcapitalism, the story goes, runs through and beyond the most advanced landscapes of techno-capitalist development.
In this workshop, we wish to delve into such contemporary postcapitalist futurologies and the spatio-temporalities they inhabit and perform. We want to question the affirmation of capitalist logics of techno-social change -- and, indeed, the totalized presence of “the capitalist system” in the first place -- as a prerequisite for envisioning capitalism’s eventual demise. How might we think postcapitalism otherwise and elsewhere? Following authors such as Gibson-Graham (2006a, 2006b) and Harney & Moten (2013), we call for a decidedly open study of postcapitalism, welcoming a broad range of contributions that include interrogations of past and current theorizations of postcapitalism(s); discussions of existing and proposed postcapitalist practices; as well as artistic, performative, and fictional engagements with postcapitalisms we already have, and postcapitalisms yet to come. The workshop format will be based around short interventions (e.g. paper presentations, collaborative exercises, artistic performances) followed by ample time for collective thinking and discussion.
Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to Aron Sandell (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Tuomo Alhojärvi (email@example.com) by 15 December 2016. Also, feel free to ask any questions about the proposed session. For more information about the conference, please check the website: http://www.humangeo.su.se/english/ngm-2017
Gibson-Graham, J.K. 2006a. The End of Capitalism (As We Knew It). A Feminist Critique of Political Economy. University of Minnesota Press.
Gibson-Graham, J.K. 2006b. A Postcapitalist Politics. University of Minnesota Press.
Hardt, Michael & Antonio Negri. 2009. Commonwealth. Harvard University Press.
Harney, Stefano & Fred Moten. 2013. The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study. Autonomedia.
Mason, Paul. 2013. Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future. Allen Lane.
Srnicek, Nick & Alex Williams. 2015. Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work. Verso.
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