Time/ Le temps
Symposium of the International Medieval Society, Paris Paris, 8–10 July /juillet 2019
Call for Papers:
“What is time?” asked St. Augustine. “Who can comprehend this even in thought so as to articulate the answer in words? Yet what do we speak of, in our familiar everyday conversation, more than of time?”
From the diverse reckoning of historical dates to the calculation of the date of Easter and the elaboration of the liturgical calendar, medieval scholars counted time. The movement of the bodies in the night sky allowed medieval viewers to calculate the hour, and so did such instruments as the sundial, the water clock, the candle clock, and eventually the mechanical clock. Architects, sculptors, illuminators, and artisans strove to represent time iconographically in different media, and complex programs of images employed allegorical or anagogical relations in order to interweave narratives. Narrative writers experimented with ways to represent the passage of time and organize narrative action, while lyric poets used patterned repetition to turn time back on itself. In the domain of musical notation, late medieval theorists developed different ways of indicating rhythm, a phenomenon whose absence from earlier notation, such as that of vernacular monophony, has inspired debat!
es among modern scholars.
In the medieval monastic context, time consisted of nested cycles that determined daily, monthly, and annual practice by building concrete associations between time and types of labor, reading, and eating. In this, time not only corresponded to, but was a feature of, a material world that could be transcended through contemplation. For their part, philosophers and theologians reflected on the points of articulation between different temporalities: the linear and finite time of human life, the cyclical time of the liturgy, the eschatological time of Salvation.
Today, historians ask with Jacques Le Goff, “Must we chop up history into slices?,” and some question the traditional period markers that separate Antiquity from the Middle Ages and the Middle Ages from the Renaissance, as well as the effects of that periodization for conceptualizing the historical object.
How, therefore, can we best reflect on duration, on the event, on the moment? How can we reflect on the experience of time’s dilation, or of its depth?
For its 16th annual symposium, the International Medieval Society Paris invites scholarly papers on any aspect of time in the Middle Ages. Papers may deal with the experience or exploitation of time, its reckoning or measuring, its inscription, its theorization, or the question of how or why or whether we should demarcate the “Middle Ages.” Papers focusing on historical or cultural material from medieval France or post-Roman Gaul, or on texts written in medieval French or Occitan, are particularly encouraged, but compelling papers on other material will also be considered.
The annual symposium of the International Medieval Society Paris is an interdisciplinary, international, bilingual meeting of faculty, researchers, and advanced graduate students. We welcome submissions in French or English from art history, musicology, studies of ritual or liturgy, history of dance, literature, linguistics, philosophy, theology, anthropology, history, history of science and technology, or archaeology.
An abstract of no more than 300 words (in French or English) for a paper of 20 minutes should be sent, along with a CV, to firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> by 30 November 2018. Abstracts will receive a preliminary blind review before the final selection and should give a clear idea of the topic and anticipated argument of the paper. Presenters will be notified of their selection in January 2019.
IMS-Paris Graduate Student Prize:
The IMS-Paris is pleased to offer one prize for the best paper proposal by a graduate student. Applications should consist of:
1) a symposium paper abstract
2) an outline of a current research project (PhD dissertation research)
3) the names and contact information of two academic referees The prize-winner will be selected by the board and a committee of honorary members, and will be notified upon acceptance to the Symposium. An award of 350€ to support international travel/accommodation (within France, 150€) will be paid at the symposium.
Call for Papers
The 3rd Peaceful Coexistence Colloquium, 13-14 June 2019, University of Helsinki
AFTER THE ANTHROPOCENE: TIME AND MOBILITY
Sooner or later, the Earth will reach the end of ‘the Anthropocene’. As the effects of changing climatic regimes impose greater effects on earthbound habitation and ways of being in the present geological epoch known, we would like to consider how humans and/or socio-nature might and should respond. Could we, for example, imagine a time after the Anthropocene, when humans would no longer be the dominant species on the planet? And if so, what would this imply to social organisation? Could we consider the notion of the ‘late Anthropocene’ relevant for discussing the present when humanity – albeit in different place-specific ways – is forced to adapt in radical ways to the challenges that it faces?
Scholarly debate to date has paid relatively little attention to this space-time. Instead, the discussion continues to revolve around questions such as when the human-dominated epoch began; what to call it; who or what is to blame for it; and how might we respond to it in the immediate future. While these questions certainly deserve consideration, effort should also be aimed at questions of how the Anthropocene might come to an end (as a discourse and as an epoch); what post-Anthropocene might look like; and what this might signify for organizing social change, and/or caring for the non-human nature?
In this colloquium, we focus on questions of time and mobility, insofar as these concepts enrich our understandings of what comes after the Anthropocene and how to exit the Anthropocene. Organizers seek workshops, artistic interventions, and academic presentations, and innovative sessions that explore time and mobility after the Anthropocene. In relation to time and/or mobility, possible topics are:
Just as the Anthropocene marked a global matter-energetic shift, the end of the human epoch also marks significant changes in the deep geological time of the Earth’s history. Different temporal perspective and rhythms might well play a role in how the time after the Anthropocene will unfold. There is a need to begin to conceive time not only in anthropocentric terms, but more holistically, e.g. in terms of rocks. Thus, instead of merely seeking to save the world for future human generations, consideration and care for other animals, plants, and rocks – constituents of the Earth – open up a different time horizon.
A possibility is that the on-going mass movement of people and other earthbound beings will both be an outcome and reason for the new epoch. Furthermore, the travel of earthbound beings beyond the boundaries of Earth –the exploitation of space, is an issue calling for critical reflection. And the mobility of deep geological formations of the Earth merits consideration as well; the movement of lithospheric plates has historically changed the course of life on the planet in a remarkable way. The trouble of moving, living and dying together in the late Anthropocene necessarily brings about new practical and theoretical questions of power, as the recent formulations of ‘geopower’, for instance, cogently demonstrate.
If you would like to present your work at the colloquium, please send an extended abstract of 800-1000 words by 30 January 2019 to the coordinator Toni Ruuska (firstname.lastname@example.org). Also in case you have any questions about the meeting, please do not hesitate to contact. More information about the colloquium is available at https://www.helsinki.fi/en/conferences/the-3rd-peaceful-coexistence-colloquium.
Please distribute this call to your friends and colleagues. Many thanks already in advance – hoping to see you in Helsinki!
On behalf of the Organising and Scientific Committees
Pasi Heikkurinen | D.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.)
Lecturer in Business and Sustainable Change | Marie Curie Research Fellow |
Business and Organisation for Sustainable Societies (BOSS) Research Group Director | PCC Colloquium Chair
Sustainability Research Institute | School of Earth and Environment (room 10.118)
University of Leeds | LS2 9JT, Leeds | United Kingdom
P.Heikkurinen@Leeds.ac.uk | 0044(0) 113 34 39631 | Skype pasiheikkurinen
CFP AAG 2019, Washington, D.C.
Uncertainties and Temporalities of Environmental Data
This session seeks papers grappling with the ethical, methodological, and theoretical complexities of digitally available environmental data. Environmental data are powerful, justifying the (in)actions of governments, communities, and corporations to address big, complex, and seemingly intractable environmental problems. Data has long been understood as a necessary means for highlighting and addressing environmental problems, helping to materialize issues as topics worthy of intervention and if and how they should be remediated (Nash, 2006; Murphy, 2006). More recently, spatially referenced, open, and accessible environmental data is being made available by and for activists, citizen scientists, government agencies, companies, and others, often with different objectives and interests. For some, such data and data visualization tools provide means of documenting pollution and environmental injustices in the absence of adequate or trustworthy government attention; for others, such tools seek to tame the uncertainty and complexity that characterize contemporary environmental problems; for others still, the emphasis on generating more and more accurate data as a means of mobilizing action obscures the need for forms of politics and activism that work outside the demands of institutional recognition (Liboiron et al. 2018). Thus, data offers both the potential for a different politics but also can be a mechanism of its foreclosure.
While there is a power in being able to show where, it is equally important to consider how these data represent when. These data have geography but also temporality. Exposure to environmental pollution - and how it is experienced - requires us to think differently about the passage and recording of time, where the consequences of being exposed to pollution may be acute or may unfold years after exposure. Critical data scholars, among them geographers, have shown how data collection and its curation reflect particular world views, and are limited in their ability to show particular kinds of relationships over place and time; these critiques complement geographers’ renewed interest in complexities of time and toxicities, exemplified by attention to non-linearity, differing temporalities of exposure, and the uncertainties produced by the long durée and legacies of toxic exposure (Murphy, 2013; Mah; 2017; Guthman and Mansfield, 2013; Davies, 2018). As environmental data – and data infrastructures to store and represent it – are increasingly leveraged as a solution and response to environmental problems, what legacies and relations are both made visible and obscured by data? In this session, we return to questions of how we conceive of, categorize, leverage, and, in some cases, rebut the proliferation of environmental data. We seek papers that struggle with the ethical, methodological, and theoretical complexities of digitally available environmental data, particularly through concepts of uncertainty and time.
Please send a title and abstract of 250 words to Arielle Hesse (email@example.com), Patrick Bresnihan (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jim White (email@example.com) by Oct. 23rd .
Davies T (2018): Toxic Space and Time: Slow Violence, Necropolitics, and Petrochemical Pollution, Annals of the American Association of Geographers
Mah A (2017) Environmental justice in the age of big data : challenging toxic blind spots of voice, speed, and expertise, Environmental Sociology, 3(2): 122-133.
Guthman J and Mansfield B (2013) The implications of environmental epigenetics: A new direction for geographic inquiry on health, space, and nature-society relations. Progress in Human Geography 37(4): 486–504.
Liboiron M, Toroni M, Calvillo N (2018) Toxic politics:Acting in a permanently polluted world, Social Studies of Science 48(3): 331- 249.
Murphy M (2006) Sick building syndrome and the problem of uncertainty: Environmental politics, technoscience, and women workers. Duke University Press.
Murphy M (2013) Chemical Infrastructures of the St Clair River. In Boudia, S. & Jas, N. Toxicants, Health and Regulation since 1945. London: Pickering and Chatto.
Nash L (2006) Inescapable Ecologies: A History of Environment, Disease, and Knowledge. Berkley: University of California Press.
CFP: Exhaustion, endurance and living on…
Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Washington DC, 03-07 April 2019
Session Organisers: Leila Dawney (University of Brighton) and Thomas Jellis (University of Oxford)
Recent critical literature focuses on the way in which we are ground down by barbarisms: by the biopolitical modes of abandonment that confound us and block us at every turn; by the snares of cruel optimism. These forms of late capitalist violence are described as slow and attritional (Nixon 2011; Baraitser 2017), wearing us down until we no longer have the capacity to imagine life otherwise. Or they debase us in addictive circuits that render us incapable of living on, where the human as it is currently formed has no capacity to thrive in a broken world (Gumbs 2018). The experiential modes through which this kind of violence occurs has been predominantly theorised in terms of exhaustion. Indeed, exhaustion is something that is increasingly attracting attention within the humanities and social sciences (Berlant 2011; Povinelli 2011; Fisher 2014; Pelbart 2015; Schaffner 2016; Chabot 2018), as well as within geography (Brigstocke 2016; Wilkinson and Ortega-Alcazar, forthcoming).
All too often, the response to exhaustion is simply to endure. This mode of response weighs down on us heavily: endurance as ‘living on’, as world-making in the context of structural and slow violences, or as simply being resilient in the face of it all. While geographies of endurance and exhaustion make visible enervating forms of contemporary power, we posit that more needs to be done to articulate precisely what is meant by such categories and to shed critical light on the concepts themselves.
This session addresses these concerns through the following questions: What does it mean to posit endurance as the means through which to live on? What are the temporalities that inform spaces of exhaustion and endurance? And what moral subtexts are at work in their demands to tolerate, withstand or make the best of? In addition, what forms of critique refuse these totalising narratives, and what figures or forms can be put to work to counter them?
As such, we invite papers on questions around:
Please send abstracts (250 words) and expressions of interest to L.Dawney@brighton.ac.uk and firstname.lastname@example.org by 22nd October 2018.
CALL FOR PAPERS: AAG 2019
Time, affect, and the political economy of space production
Dr Harry Pettit (Oxford University) email@example.com
Dr Mara Nogueira (LSE) firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission deadline: October 22, 2018
The starting point for this session is the premise that there is a need within Geography to develop a conceptual arsenal which can help analyse how affect/emotion and temporality play a role in the governance and contestation of space. Anthropologist Laura Bear (2017) recently called for the development of a 'critical political economy of capitalist time.' This requires, she goes on to explain, developing understandings of how time-maps, alongside certain affective and emotional formations, are assembled in ways that entrench capitalist relations and vectors of inequality.
In Geography, there is now a fledgling literature which looks at the way that particular temporal and emotional configurations are used to legitimise (or challenge) certain spatial transformations, both within and beyond cities, which entrench capitalist relations and political power; for example through the production of future danger, hope, or uncertainty (Zeiderman, 2016; Anderson, 2017; Tucker, 2017). We want to use this session as an opportunity to discuss how the discipline might further incorporate what is a now a huge body of literature on affect and temporality, and concepts such as atmosphere, or uncertainty, into a more thorough political economy approach. We therefore invite empirically-grounded papers which touch upon the following questions:
Key words: temporality, affect/emotion, spatial governance, capitalism, political economy
If you are interested, please submit a 250 word abstract to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by 22nd October.
CFP 18th Annual Conference of the Polish Phenomenological Association
Phenomenology of time and space
Warsaw, Staszic Palace, 7-8 December 2018
In association with
Deadline for submissions 15 October 2018
The goal of the conference is to rethink the fundamental phenomenological categories of time and space in their ontological, epistemological, and existential manifestations. We also aim at reviewing their contemporary relevance in various research fields inspired and affected by phenomenology (phenomenological psychology, anthropology, psychopathology, and cognitive science). How is lived experience of time and space connected to its transcendental backbone? How are time and space related to one another? Which secondary phenomena can be phenomenologically reduced to time and space? What can empirically oriented sciences gain from theoretical-phenomenological considerations on time and space? In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Antoni Kępiński (1918-1972), a major 20th-century Polish phenomenological psychiatrist, a session of phenomenological psychopathology of time and space will be held.
We welcome proposals of papers in the following themes:
Submissions should be in English, French, German, or Polish
The conference fee is 50 EUR (or 200 PLN) (coffee and refreshments are
Please send abstracts prepared for a blind review (max. 500 words) to:
The deadline for abstracts is 15th October 2018. Applicants will be notified shortly afterwards.
Nature Writing’s Future Pasts – Land Lines Conference CFP
British nature writing can be understood as both a product of and a challenge to a western-style modernity that has created the conditions for its own unravelling. The tense that best captures these conditions is the future anterior. Scottish writer Kathleen Jamie, wandering through Bergen’s Natural History Museum, marvels at the ‘decaying bones of twenty-four cetacean skeletons crowded under the ceiling’. One whale skeleton alone, that of a gigantic blue, is ‘less an animal, more a narrative’. The different cetacean narratives add up to a devastating commentary to which even words such as ‘waste’ and ‘slaughter’ and ‘holocaust’ and ‘shame’ cannot do full justice. Jamie duly joins a team of conservators who lovingly polish up the bones, dedicated to preserving a future past.
What are the futures of nature writing, in Britain and elsewhere? What are its pasts? And how might these be brought together? This two-day conference, held at the University of Leeds, will examine the different temporal registers of modern British nature writing, from the foundational work of Gilbert White in the late eighteenth century to the present day. Topics will include, but are not restricted to: deep time; the effects of temporal scales; predictions and prophecies; the workings of environmental memory; and the conflicted relationship between nature writing, natural history and changing conceptions of ‘nature’ itself. Attention will also be given to the relationship between hope and despair in modern British nature writing; to the transnational and global contexts within which it operates; and to the anticipated losses –– but also the alternative futures –– it confronts.
The conference dates are Thursday 28th February and Friday 1st March 2019. We especially invite proposals for papers from Postgraduate and Early Career researchers. Alternative formats are welcomed (pre-formed panels; discussion groups based on 5-minute position papers; roundtables, etc). We anticipate that the conference will also be open to interested members of the public, either as presenters or audience members, numbers allowing.
Our confirmed keynote speakers are Patrick Barkham (author of Islander, The Butterfly Isles, Coastlines, and environment correspondent for The Guardian), Miriam Darlington (author of Otter Country and Owl Sense, and Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Plymouth), and Richard Kerridge (author of Cold Blood and leader of the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University). As well as delivering keynote talks these speakers will also be giving a reading at Leeds Library open to both conference delegates and the public on the evening of the 28th February.
To submit your proposal please email a 250 word abstract to email@example.com by 1st December 2018, with ‘Land Lines Conference’ in the subject bar. Please attach your proposal as an anonymised document and also paste it into the body of the email. If you are interested in attending but not presenting please also email us by this date so we can calculate numbers.
‘Land Lines’ is a 2-year, AHRC-funded research project working on the history of British nature writing, the main output of which will be a book for CUP (2019). Led by Professor Graham Huggan at the University of Leeds, the team also includes scholars from the Universities of Sussex and St Andrews. www.landlinesproject.wordpress.com; Twitter: @LandLinesNature or Facebook: www.facebook.com/LandLinesNature
June 24-26, 2019
Boulder, Colorado, USA
The International Association for Philosophy of Time (IAPT) is pleased to announce its sixth annual conference, which will be hosted by the Committee on the History and Philosophy of Science (CHPS) at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, Colorado (USA), from 24th-26th June, 2019 (arrival Sunday 23rd, departure Thursday 27th). The local organizer is Heather Demarest, the program committee is chaired by David Ingram.
Papers suitable for a 30 minute presentation (and no longer than 4,500 words) should be submitted by email (as attachments in .docx or .pdf format) to David Ingram. The deadline for submissions is 12 noon (GMT) on Friday 21st December, 2018. Submissions should be on a topic in the philosophy of time, broadly construed, and should include an abstract of 150-200 words. Each submission should be prepared for blind review and include a word count. Only one paper per person is permitted. Please include author name(s), institutional affiliation, and preferred email address in the body of the email (and not in the paper itself).
Notifications of acceptance will be delivered in February 2019. Selected speakers should confirm their participation before 1st March, 2019. Some funding will be available to graduate student speakers and non-TT faculty speakers. More information will be provided in due course.
At the conference, presentations will be 30 minutes. Presentations will be followed by a 10 minute commentary and a brief reply from the presenter. There will be around 15 minutes for general discussion (Q&A).
CFP: The Temporalities of Waste: Out of Sight, Out of Time (edited collection)
Proposed Edited book to be pitched to Routledge Environmental Humanities or a similar series
Book Editors: Fiona Allon, Ruth Barcan, Karma Eddison-Cogan
Extended Call for Contributions deadline: 31st August 2018
You are invited to submit a paper for possible inclusion in this proposed volume, to be submitted for consideration to Routledge’s Environmental Humanities Series or a similar series.
Waste is defined, managed, and transformed through varying temporal logics. Its spatial ordering marks
it as matter always at risk of being out of place: separation, containment, and social categorisation gives
it clear material and discursive boundaries. Likewise, our relationship with waste is also marked by time.
As William Viney writes: ‘Time conditions waste: it provides a measure of our uses, our projects and our
ambitions’. He writes that ‘With our recognition of waste comes an acknowledgement of time’s passing,
its power to organize notions of wearing, decay, transience and dissolution and its power to expose that
organizing function, to disclose how things are imbued with a sense of duration, punctuation and
intermission that makes time an explicit, tangible thing of thought’. The sense of time that articulates and
is articulated by waste across its broad semantic field highlights the significance of understanding waste
temporally as well as spatially.
With its restorative and regenerative strategies, the concept of the circular economy imagines a cyclical
time. Discourses and practices of renewal, repair, and revival of things nearing their end imagine new
lives for material objects that project them into the future. Obsolescence leave traces of the past, and
practices of repair and upcycling signal variabilities in value over time.
This edited collection aims to address the need for ongoing critical reflection on the temporalities of
waste in the context of sustainability, materiality, social practices, subjectivity, and environmental
challenges. It aims to be attuned to the multiple temporalities of waste, its circulation and transformation
as part of discourses of creative transformation and sharing economies, as well as the ways in which
waste lingers and does not move according to cyclical logics and temporalities.
Suggested themes (other themes also welcome):
Please submit your title and abstract of no more than 300 words along with your affiliation and a short
bio to firstname.lastname@example.org. The extended deadline for submitting abstracts is 31
August 2018. A decision will be made regarding final selection by mid-September. For the final
submission, we would be hoping for a contribution of 6000-8000 words and we would be looking to
receive a draft from you by 1 July 2019.
Beyond the Clock: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Time
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
15-16 March 2019
Jimena Canales (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Stephen Kern (The Ohio State University)
The “Beyond the Clock” Symposium brings together scholars from the humanities and social
sciences for two days of presentations and discussions on what might be called the third
generation of temporality studies.
Before the 1990s, most scholars of temporality followed Weber, Durkheim, and Simmel in
focusing on abstract, rationalized time as a unifying central force of modern social life and
its cultural productions. In the 1960s, E.P. Thompson famously placed this force on historical
footing by contrasting pre-modern task-oriented society with post-industrial timed-labor
society. A generation later, Benedict Anderson envisioned an “empty, homogenous time” as
the foundation of the modern nation state. These thinkers established the importance of
rationalized time to modern labor practices, to the postcolonial social imagination, and to
art and literature, among other scholarly concerns.
In the new millennium, historians, anthropologists, sociologists, philosophers, and literary
scholars have pioneered more pluralistic approaches to time, challenging the assumption
that a single model of time prevails in any given society or nation. In the last decade,
scholars in particular have shifted their attention from rationalized and synchronous clock
time to the mobile, compressed, and/or dilated time of the knowledge economy or the
anthropocene. This new approach is evident across a staggering range of disciplines: critical
theorists Harmut Rosa and Sarah Sharma’s consideration of the problem of “social
acceleration,” sociologist Benjamin Snyder’s exploration of “flexible time” in the post-
Taylorist workplace, engineer and historian of science Jimena Canales’ deconstruction of
physics’ reliance on metaphorical clocks, and historian Stephen Kern’s re-examination of the
“culture of time and space” in the electronic age. This symposium aims to bring these
parallel social, cultural, and philosophical engagements into a collective conversation on
time in its irrational, disparate, and fascinating forms.
Possible Topics May Include:
Please send a short bio and 250-word abstracts for individual papers (15-20 minutes) to
Justin Clark (email@example.com) and Kevin Riordan (firstname.lastname@example.org). Proposals
will be considered on a rolling basis from now until 15 September 2018.
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