We would like to announce that we will be postponing our upcoming Temporal Belongings conference until 2021. We are looking into ways to move our approach to an online/nearly carbon neutral framework and will need the extra time to explore options and redesign our activities. We ask you to bear with us while we develop our approach. We aim to have a CFP for our event in early 2020. Our hope is to contribute a prototype for this type of conference, one that rethinks the role of synchronisation in a time of climate emergency and how we might facilitate ways of sharing our research in less resource intensive ways.
Why we are doing this
The recent IPCC special report, along with movements such as the School Strike for Climate and Extinction Rebellion have helped concentrate thinking about how we conduct our professional activities as academics. Here in the UK there have been a number of articles in The Guardian that have prompted discussion, and recently I was pleased to be directed towards the Flying Less project which has been championing reductions in business travel since 2015. In the UK and the US in particular, there has also been discussion of the impact that increased visa costs and visa refusals have had on who can attend conferences, which have already been relatively exclusive affairs.
While it was really exciting to launch a new conference series with The Social Life of Time, we experienced delegates in majority world countries, as well as European PhDs and precarious academics unable to afford the event. Some of our accepted delegates experienced visa troubles and couldn't attend, losing money on advance bookings. We also estimate that around 175 tonnes of CO2e were emitted through travel to the conference (equivalent to the energy use of an average house over 13.5 years).
Since we started in 2011 the Temporal Belongings network has made it a key feature of our events to not only talk about time and belonging, but to also experiment with our own academic forms of temporal organisation. We are excited to take this approach even further in our next conference.
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Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Bastian, on behalf of the 2nd Temporal Belongings Conference organising team
Special Issue Call for Papers | The Timescapes of Teaching in Higher Education
(Original Call Here)
Time and change have become significant yet taken-for-granted discourses across globalised, diversified and corporatised higher education (HE) landscapes. Contemporary HE is characterized by a precarious uncertainty, increasingly driven by strong narratives of anticipated futures. Anticipated change in the present and the future is projected onto the institutional and individual investments, risks, promises and possibilities that higher education presents at multiple levels and in a range of contexts. However, the inequalities that underpin different future-oriented investments in higher education are often made invisible by the logic of making the ‘right’ (calculated and rational) choices and ‘effectively’ managing time and change in the present (this plays out differently in different contexts). Despite the centrality of time in the (re)framing and restructuring of an imagined contemporary higher education landscape, there has been limited consideration given to conceptualizing time in HE research. The dearth of research on higher education that foregrounds questions of time tends in itself to assist in the taken-for-granted ‘business-as-usual’ or TINA (there is no alternative) effect, reproducing particular spatio-temporal structures, practices, embodiments and investments. This Special Issue theorises, critiques and extends concepts and discourses of time to examine change and innovation in higher education, re/imaginings of past and future and the emergent and changing forms of pedagogical practice and experience being generated in particular contexts.
Adam’s concept of timescapes (1998; 54) is powerful for evoking and extending the imagery of landscapes, enabling an understanding of time as entwined with space, conceptually drawn and constituted experientially. Space-time is deeply relational, contextual and experiential, forming overarching narratives of higher education, its purpose and its future. As these then become in/visibilised and subsumed, in various ways and in different contexts, into hegemonic discourses of individual responsibility and choice, new temporal framings must then be carefully re-negotiated and self-managed by students and teachers. The papers in this Special Issue thus draw on theoretical and empirical contributions to examine intersecting pressures and [im]possibilities across different ‘timescapes’ in higher education.
This forthcoming special issue of Teaching in Higher Education will explore higher education in times of change, inviting papers that contribute to understanding how time is conceptualised and/or experienced in higher education, the impact of this on teaching and learning practices and identities and how discourses of the ‘management’ of time and change shapes and constrains policies and imagined possibilities. This call for papers is wide-ranging and the following list of possible questions is intended to be indicative rather than prescriptive – we will consider any contribution addressing issues of time in higher education as they relate to broader pedagogical challenges and uncertainties:
Abstracts should be submitted online here. We expect to inform successful authors in July 2019, with a provisional submission date for full papers of 30th October 2019. The special issue will be published in April 2020.
Co-editors: Penny Jane Burke (University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia) and Catherine Manathunga (University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia)
Adam B (1998). Timescapes of modernity: the Environment and Invisible Hazards. London: Routledge.
Chasing Rhythm: Encounters at the Edge of Academic and Epistemological Traditions.
International Symposium on Rhythm
Margaret St. Lecture room, School of Art, Birmingham City University, Birmingham UK
This Symposium acknowledges, records and responds to a period of revived interest in the philosophical understandings and methodological affordances of the category of rhythm across a range of subjects and disciplines.
The history of the study of rhythm is in itself denoted by a rhythmic cadence, as historian of rhythm, philosopher and social theorist Pascal Michon observes (2016).Michon identifies three fundamental periods of rhythmic renaissance: a first one, in ancient times, coinciding with the so called Hellenization of culture, characterised by a surge in written communication (Eikelboom, 2018). A second one, in modern times, that charted the social, economic and cultural effects of the Industrial Revolution; and a third, contemporary one, that coincides with the intensification of globalization as we are currently experiencing it, but whose origins can be traced back to the twentieth century (Bachelard, 2000; Benveniste, 1966; Meschonnic, 1982).
It is the latter that frames and situates the themes explored in this Symposium, allowing us to interrogate the historical, cultural and societal conditions and moods that seem to invite and propel the return of rhythm. In particular, the Symposium aims to introduce novel theoretical and methodological explorations of rhythm within adult education & higher education; sociology; urban studies; cultural-historical research; critical, contextual and media studies.
Embracing a variety of theoretical-methodological approaches and moving beyond traditional disciplinary ‘enclosures’, this one-day International Symposium asks four fundamental questions:
Michel Alhadeff-Jones, Professor in Adult Learning & Leadership, Columbia University, New York; Psychosociologist & Rhythmanalyst at the Temporalities, Rhythms & Complexity Lab, Sunkhronos Institute, Geneva.
Dawn Lyon, Reader in Sociology, University of Kent.
Yi Chen, Lecturer in Contextual and Theoretical Studies, University of the Arts, London (UAL).
Julian Henriques, Director of the Topology Research Unit (TRU), Goldsmiths, London. Film producer, writer-director and sound artist.
Sunil Manghani,Professor of Theory, Practice & Critique, Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton.
Filip Vostal, Researcher, Institute of Philosophy, Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
Dr. Fadia Dakka, Research Fellow
Deputy Director of CSPACE, Birmingham City University
Contact: fadia.dakka [at] bcu.ac.uk
The Slow Research Lab are pleased to announce the next in their series of immersive study experiences, to take place this July 2019 on the coast of the Adriatic Sea.
RESONANT BODIES is an interdisciplinary research program that explores conditions of ‘resonance’ within and between a spectrum of bodies (human and nonhuman) – from the intimate scale of sensory perception to an expanded web of relations, spaces and times.
Participants will work intensively and across a range of mediums as they tune into the unique forms and rhythms of the local landscape, unearthing its stories and connecting with the myriad ‘bodies’ that are part of it. At the same time, the research brings awareness to patterns of both struggle and resilience held in our own bodies and histories, illuminating the potential for individual/collective transformation.
The program is realized in collaboration with the Sibenik Hub for Ecology, and is co-facilitated by Irena Ateljevic, Siobhán K. Cronin, LaToya Manly-Spain, and Carolyn Strauss. Vocal and somatic experimentation, readings, discussions, Slow walks, swimming, stargazing, an island excursion, and farm-to-table food promise a week of inspiration and deep nourishment.
Space is limited to 12 participants.
More details about the program, facilitators, and fees are here.
This edited volume of the postgraduate Journal “Networking Knowledge” of UK’s Media and Cultural Studies Association invites scholars from a broad range of disciplines to submit manuscripts on the theme of “Temporalities in Non-Western and Western communication and media studies”.
The topic had its peak with every rise of a new medium, with the work of Innis and McLuhan in the 70s in the rise of television at the forefront. With the emergence of the internet as an ubiquitous phenomenon, the topic of temporalities rises to new levels and emergent phenomena with scholar such as Sharma, Wajcman, Qiu and others at the forefront. This call for submissions therefore hopes to contribute towards this emerging discourse on social time and the digital. Moreover, alack of temporalities communication and media research in the Global South is attributed to the prevalent Western tradition in communication research. This special section also serves to overcome the dominance of Western approaches in temporalities studies. Following these considerations, scholars are invited to submit their original manuscripts that address the following topics, among others:
The detailed timeline will be as follows:
✓ April 30, 2019 - Deadline for receiving abstracts or extended abstracts
✓ May 10, 2019 - Deadline for informing authors of selection of abstract, and invitations for full papers
✓ August 30, 2019 - Deadline for receiving full papers
✓ September 10, 2019 - Deadline for carrying out first round of edits
✓ September 10, 2019 - November 30, 2019 - Peer review process
✓ November 30 onwards - Final edits, draft introduction, cover image etc.
✓ February 1, 2020 - Publication
Please direct questions and submissions to Associate Editor Maria Faust M.A. at email@example.com, Guest Editor Tiago Rodrigues Ph.D. at firstname.lastname@example.org and Guest Editor Jorge Rosales Ph.D. at email@example.com.
Time of Politics, Politics of Time, Politicized Time
Venue: German Historical Institute London
Date: 5-9 May 2020
Closing date: 30 April 2019
Time is so deeply interwoven with all aspects of politics that its fundamental importance is frequently overlooked. Building on the work of Charles Maier and Christopher Clark, we define chronopolitics as research into ‘how politics is about time’ as well as what kind of time is ‘presupposed by politics’ (Clark), how the perception of time and change affect decision-making and how concepts of time and history give meaning and legitimacy to political actors, groups and ideas. However, instead of taking time as a given, we set out to analyse how it is socially and culturally constructed through political and scholarly practices.
On first glance, politics and time coincide as policy makers are constantly making decisions in the present, against the background of a past and in the name of a future. Yet, in order to scrutinize the nexus between time and politics more closely, it is necessary to differentiate.
We are looking for submissions on the following dimensions/aspects of chronopolitics:
(1) The time of politics refers to the arena of the decision-making process and to the changing rhythms and durations within which politics take place. As George W. Wallis argued, the time of politics is a ‘time of transition’ in which political players lay the foundations of tomorrow or forgo doing so. It is subject to formalizations such as terms of offices or legislative sessions; its configuration is radically altered if the present is perceived as crisis, and it is structured by expectations and fears.
(2) The politics of time on the other hand refers to the regulation, synchronisation and allocation of time by politics. The object of this chronopolitical dimension is an allegedly objective, physical ‘clock time’, whose measurement and standardization both on national and global scales have lately been drawing much attention, as have also debates about calendar reforms, daylight saving time or the length of the working day. In the latter cases time figures as a ‘scarce social resource’, as Charles S. Maier notes, usage of which can be contested and distributed.
(3) Politicized time is time employed as a weapon of politics, as a means of legitimising one’s own programme, challenging and discrediting political opponents or opposing political views. Whether advocating change or continuity, politicians refer as much to the past for orientation and legitimation, as they outline futures. Progressive versus conservative – the very categories of political differentiation since the French Revolution are temporal ones. Recently, Brexit and Trump have both been portrayed in terms of a temporal politics, as indicative of ‘being stuck in the past’ or the nostalgic yearning for a Golden Age.
(4) A subset of politicized time poses particularly pressing questions we hope to discuss, i.e. the politics of (de)synchronisation. Civilizing missions, development and modernizing projects – in the colonial periphery as well as at the nation’s margins – were based on a temporalization of the other that Johannes Fabian aptly named the ‘denial of coevalness’. Yet, while temporal exclusion and stratification lay at the heart of ‘modern’ chronopolitics, it also comprised the promise of coevalness. Chronopolitics was about fighting anachronism, making history and accelerating its course.
(5) When it comes to chronopolitics, historians as well as scholars of further ‘historicist’ disciplines such as anthropology neither were nor are mere observers. In fact, these disciplines are among the main producers of ‘the characteristic images of history and temporal order’ (Maier) that both inform chronopolitics and constitute its very object. Thus, we would like to critically reflect these images and – following the lead of Reinhart Koselleck, Achim Landwehr, Ethan Kleinberg and others – discuss alternatives to more or less hegemonic historicist temporality. We invite scholars to explore concepts such as pluritemporality but also to historicise chronopolitics of ‘pre-modern’ periods and to reflect the pre-occupation with modernity and the emergence of modern time regimes. We are particularly interested in case-studies probing into the coexistence and clashes of different temporal imaginaries and postcolonial, feminist or queer temporalities, and in papers explicitly addressing the modern/pre-modern dichotomy.
Organized by Tobias Becker, Christina Brauner and Fernando Esposito for the Arbeitskreis Geschichte + Theorie in conjunction with the German Historical Institute London, the international conference aims at bringing together scholars from across different periods and disciplines (such as history, art history, philosophy, anthropology, ethnology, sociology, economics, literary, cultural, gender and queer studies). We invite proposals for presentations (20 min) that combine an interest in theory with empirical case studies.
Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words, along with a short CV, by 30 April 2019 to chronopolitics(@)ghil.ac.uk. The conference will take place at the German Historical Institute from 5 to 9 May 2020. Subject to a successful funding bid, costs for travel and accommodation will be covered.
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CFP: International Medical Humanities Conference
Chronicity and Crisis: Time in the Medical Humanities
The MSU Medical Humanities Program and ‘Waiting Times’ (a Wellcome Trust funded research project based at the University of Exeter and Birkbeck, University of London, UK) are pleased to announce an international conference on the theme of “Chronicity and Crisis” to be held at Montclair State University, New Jersey, on October 26-27, 2019. The conference organizers welcome submissions of abstracts to be sent to Dr. Jefferson Gatrall by April 1, 2019. (gatrallj (at) montclair.edu).
Dr. Mark Solms. Chair, Neuropsychology, University of Cape Town & Groote Schuur Hospital
Title: “A Man Who Got Lost in Time: Feeling and Uncertainty in the Face of Oblivion”
Dr. Rishi Goyal. Director, Medicine, Literature and Society Program, Columbia University
Title: “Crisis, Catastrophe and Emergency: Disentangling Temporal Patterns of Care and Response”
The conference will bring together scholars from the humanities and social sciences as well as the psychosocial disciplines, health studies, and biomedicine to examine how the concepts of chronicity and crisis inform historical and contemporary understandings of health, illness and wellbeing. “Chronicity and Crisis” aims to open up the relationship between the long term and the urgent in order to address a range of questions in individual, social and global health.
The temporal aligning of care and illness — the potentially long time-frames of care as juxtaposed to the urgency of acute interventions — factors into the success of diverse medical treatments. From the prioritization of wait times in emergency centers to approvals by insurance companies and the monitoring of chronic physical and mental illnesses, care is determined by more than the treatment at hand. Likewise, adverse public health outcomes arise from social inequities and inequalities of long historical duration, including the chronic legacies of colonial violence, the inaccessibility of public spaces for the less abled, the health risks of environmental neglect, or gender imbalances in the subjects of medical research. The narrative markers of onset, frequency, and remission inform how the experiences of sudden and chronic illnesses are communicated, from self-reporting and clinical records to medical fiction, biography, and memoir.
The conference will structure and develop conversations between those with interests in general practice, psychotherapy, disability studies, palliative care, end-of-life care, narrative medicine, public health, medical anthropology, medical history, literature and medicine and body studies, and researchers addressing questions of care and temporality within fields such as philosophy, sociology, psychology, critical and cultural studies, gender studies and Black studies.
Subjects that may be explored include, but are not limited to, the following:
Lisa Baraitser (ubps005 (at) mail.bbk.ac.uk)
Jefferson Gatrall (gartrallj (at) montclair.edu)
Lois Oppenheim (oppenheiml (at) montclair.edu)
Laura Salisbury (l.a.salisbury (at) exeter.ac.uk)
Call for papers for proposed session at RGS-IBG Conference, London, 27-30 August 2019
Ageing, inequalities and urban change
Sophie Yarker, (The University of Manchester), Amy Barron, (The University of Manchester)
Urban Geography Research Group Sponsored Session
Geographers have a longstanding and growing interest in the relations amidst people, place and ageing (Rowles, 1978; Warnes, 1990). Disciplinary scholars have begun to unpick the spatially uneven and place-embedded implications of population ageing and the role of community dynamics in shaping experiences of ageing (Andrews and Phillips, 2004; Ziegler and Schwanen, 2011). There is an increasing appreciation for understanding the lived experiences of ageing and how this mediates and is mediated by the environment (Skinner et al., 2015). The intersection of population ageing, population growth and the processes of urbanisation mean that cities are increasingly the place where people will grow older (Golant, 2014). It is therefore vital the Geographers consider the role of the city in the lives of older people.
Public policy and interdisciplinary researchers have begun to envisage what a more ‘Age-Friendly City’ might look like. However, factors such as population change, gentrification, and austerity mean cities are often challenging - even hostile - environments in which to grow older (Pain, 2001). The contemporary city is a convivial, intergenerational and intersubjective node within the flow of everyday life, yet it is also profoundly unequal. This session, therefore develops geographic approaches to understanding ageing and inequality in cities.
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to;
- Ageing in/and place
- Approaches to researching with older people
- Intergenerational and intersectional approaches to urban ageing
- Urban change and ageing
- The lived experiences of ageing
- Understandings of the relation between policy and ageing
- Approaches to ageing, identity and/or marginalisation
Please send your paper title, abstract (250 words max.), email address and affiliation to Sophie Yarker (Sophie.firstname.lastname@example.org) and Amy Barron (email@example.com) by 13 Feb 2019.
Anticipating Black Futures Symposium
We invite PhD and Early Career Researchers engaging with Black Studies, Black British Studies and related subjects to send an Abstract or Poster submission by: 8 March 2019
Symposium date: Friday, 31st May 2019
Symposium location: Birmingham, UK
Anticipating Black Futures is an interdisciplinary symposium that will consider the futures of Black people in Britain by responding to the lived experiences of now.
In a nation where Black pasts are erased and the present is under threat, how do we begin conceptualising the future? This symposium responds to this curiosity by raising questions about the meanings of Black identities in Britain from this moment of post- Windrush and pre- Brexit. By anticipating the future Black possibilities we can articulate contemporary realities and theorise how to move forward in the present hostile environment.
By legitimising anticipation of the future as a research premise this symposium aims to articulate what it means to be Black in Britain by looking into future possibilities. The symposium will not only benefit those studying Black Studies and its related subjects. It will serve as a platform to further interests across Britain by being open to students in the arts, humanities, social sciences and other disciplines.
We are keen for individual papers and posters with expertise in the following areas, but not limited to:
• Arts, Media and Culture
• Black Feminisms
• Black Masculinities
• Climate and Environment
• Community and Neighbourhoods
• Digital Age and Technology
• Disability, Health and Wellbeing
• Education and Childhood
• Gender, Sex & Sexualities
• Globalisation and Migration
• Politics and Civil Rights
• Racism and Anti-Racism
The submissions will take the form of lightning talks that last 10 minutes or less. We want to encourage dialogue between attendees and presenters to deviate away from the traditional approach to symposiums.
We are also taking submissions for poster presentations. We highly encourage scholars, activists, artists and community workers to submit a poster presentation to share their work-in-progress. Your posters will be displayed throughout the day and you will have ample time during networking breaks to share your work.
For submission requirements: https://blackfuturesuk.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/
Follow us on Twitter: @blackfuturesuk
CfP RGS-IBG 2019 Calamitous 'events'? Exploring perceptions of disaster timeframes
Notions of temporality lie at the heart of the idea of disaster, with lived 'events' underpinned by the existential experience of trauma or abnormality across a defined human population (Perry, 2007; Quarantelli, 1985). Yet what constitutes such a (disaster) event remains deeply problematic, with allegations the event has even been 'dissolved' in analysis (Fassin and Vasquez, 2005). The impact of hazards like storms, tsunamis or even chemical leaks can most clearly be located in a particular time and space, yet none of these automatically results in a disaster or in a shared traumatic memory. Safeguards are frequently put in place to prevent hazards turning into disasters, while distinct cultural developments have sometimes equipped people with the means to familiarise hazards (or even traumas) to the point of avoiding them embedding in memory (Kruger et al., 2015).
Disasters are always interpreted through social experience in specific social time (Oliver-Smith and Hoffman, 2002). Nonetheless, notions of disasters as unexpected, negative, traumatic events are being eroded from multiple sides. Disasters have been discussed variously as ('beautiful') focusing events (Lowry, 2006), as forcing breakthroughs in 'disaster diplomacy' (Kelman, 2012), as potentially changing the social contract (Pelling and Dill, 2010), or as punctuating an equilibrium (Baumgartner and Jones, 1993). Approaches focussed on adaptive management and social-ecological resilience (Renn, 2008) tend to see disaster events as part of cyclical or functional processes involving the disruption and restoration of normative stability, and as such undercut subjective 'meaning' and 'memory' among individuals and communities, just as they demote questions of social and political power.
Conversely (or in parallel), vulnerability analyses go a long way toward explaining the unequal experience of hazard impacts, and thus the kinds of social and spatial conditions that actually produce a disaster. Chronic and ongoing vulnerability can be a disaster in the making, long before the earth shakes - in this sense all disasters are 'slow-onset' (Kelman, 2018). From this perspective the focus on discreet shocks or events, rooted in mysterious 'outside' forces, can side-track us from the development issues that count. From Oliver-Smith's (2012) Peruvian '500-year earthquake' to Wisner et al.'s (2004) build-up of 'pressure', and onwards to the creation of increasingly hazardous and uneven planetary space under capitalist urbanization (Braun, 2014; Brenner, 2013), the idea of what constitutes the event itself is dissipating under the weight of socio-spatial production. 'Eventfulness' can be an abstraction based around late liberal governance or governmentality; the internalised strategy of blaming nature an integral part of what sustains everyday marginality as a 'non-event' (Povinelli, 2011). From geophysical hazards to industrial pollution, questioning the diffusion of knowledge of hazardous environments speaks to the manipulation of social subjectivities and the limitations of perceptions of existential experience (Auyero and Swistun, 2009).
In this panel we seek papers exploring spatial and temporal contexts and limits surrounding disaster events, or as the case may be, disaster non-events. Whether they are primarily theory-based or also engage with a disaster case study, contributions will ideally place theories in productive dialogue.
Robert Coates and Jeroen Warner
Disaster Studies, Sociology of Development and Change, Wageningen University
Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by 7th February 2019. Discussion over possible contributions is also welcome.
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