RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Cardiff University, 28-31 August 2018.
‘Being in the now’: Feminist geographies of non-teleological practices
This session is sponsored by the Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group
Session Organisers: Clare Holdsworth, Keele University (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sarah Marie Hall, University of Manchester (email@example.com)
Attention to the importance of taken-for-granted, everyday activities has been a key theme in the production of feminist geographical knowledge. As Dyke argues it is necessary to pay ‘close attention to the spaces of everyday life to keep women visible in rapidly changing world conditions’ (2005, 234). This focus on the everyday is not though simply a matter of making women visible to acknowledge their contribution to families, communities and neighbourhoods, but also reveals the significance of women’s lives in the present time. There is we suggest an important temporal, as well as spatial, aspect of everyday practices that can be examined through a non-teleological perspective. The focus of attention of non-teleological reasoning is against the assumptions of ‘in order to rationality’ which prioritises the outcome of activities rather than their embodied experiences. Evoking a non-teleological perspective foregrounds the significance of activities in the present time and the meanings ascribed to doings rather than endings. They are synergies here with the current popularity of mindfulness and emphasis on ‘being in the now’.
We invite papers to contribute to debates about how a focus on the significance of present temporalities can enrich feminist geographical knowledge. Possible topics may include, but are not restricted to:
• Living with austerity
• Flow activities and positive psychology
• Temporalities of activism
• Feminist becomings
• Mindfulness and motherhood
• Feminist environmentalism and the everyday
• Creativity and non-teleological reasoning
Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to Clare Holdsworth (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5pm Friday 2nd February 2018. These should include title, author affiliation and email address.
We are pleased to announce that the 4th International Conference on Time Perspective will be Nantes, France from August 27-31, 2018.
The conference focuses on Time as a broad, interdisciplinary topic capable of bridging gaps between disciplines and between scientific fields.
The Time Perspective Network has 250+ active members from more than 40 countries around the world, both young and established researchers from various backgrounds who are passionate about time in psychological and social phenomena. During our bi-annual conferences we aim to inspire collaborative research and applied projects in the field of our expertise in subjective and social time.
Those at Temporal Belongings are highly encouraged to submit their work.
Call for papers and access to submission portal: https://www.conferize.com/ICTP2018
Submission deadlines and response dates:
Early submission deadline: January 21, 2017. Response by February 6, 2018.
Submission deadline: February 25, 2018. Response by March 13, 2018
Tianna Loose, PhD
Université de Nantes
Time Perspective Network
The International Society for the Study of Time
Seventeenth Triennial Conference
Time in Variance
23 June to 29 June 2019, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California USA
Proposals (300 words) due by March 31, 2018
The International Society for the Study of Time (ISST) seeks proposals for presentations at its 2019 conference at Loyola Marymount University on the theme of Time in Variance.
The ISST, renowned for its interdisciplinary scope, invites scientists, scholars, artists, and practitioners to explore the singular/multiple nature of time and temporalities within and across disciplines. Our format of plenary presentations delivered over four days creates a sustained interdisciplinary discussion among participants; we thus expect participants to register for the entirety of the conference. We also take a day off mid-conference and provide participants a choice of time-related excursions in Los Angeles. The Loyola Marymount campus overlooks the Pacific Ocean, and it is just a few miles from Los Angeles International Airport. The campus is home to ISST Founder J. T. Fraser’s Personal Papers and the Collection of the International Society for the Study of Time Records. The campus also features various slow time installations, including the Garden of Slow Time, a classical labyrinth on a bluff that offers panoramic views of the city.
“Time in Variance,” in evoking temporalities at odds with one another, speaks to an the ever more poignant human awareness that our reality unfolds on several timescales simultaneously, from instantaneous demands on attention in a mediated environment to local and global ecological catastrophe and change, to long-term planetary and cosmological processes. The Anthropocene marks a disjunctive juncture between
geologic timescales and the “Great Acceleration” in humanity’s planetary imprint since 1950. Not surprisingly, tensions among heterogenous temporalities characterize contemporary scholarship, art, and experience across a range of disciplinary and cultural contexts. But this in itself may not be a new condition: at any time in history, human beings have found themselves implicated in processes belonging not only to different scales, but also building different shapes of time – some oscillating, others circular, yet others linear. “Time in Variance” also evokes its mirror opposite, “time invariance,” creating a dialectic between temporal inconsistencies and constants, and a search for stable time measures, markers, or laws in a unstable world.
We invite papers that explore conceptual and experiential complexities comprising variations in and between timescales or time-rates, time regimes, or temporal orientations within given frames or contexts. The theme is to be interpreted broadly or as individuals understand it within the scope of their work. Below several topics, themes, and terms are offered as suggestions rather than limitations on the scope of the conference.
Guidelines and Timeline for Proposals: Proposals will be for 20-minute presentations in diverse formats: scholarly paper, debate, performance, overview of creative work, installation, workshop. Proposals for interdisciplinary panels are especially welcome. In this latter case, three speakers might present divergent points of view around the central theme, with a moderator providing a response. (Each paper for a panel must be approved by the selection committee.)
All work will be presented in English and should strike a balance between expertise in an area of specialization and accessibility to a general intellectual audience. Proposals, no more than 300 words in length, are submitted electronically. The author’s or authors’ name(s) should not appear in the proposal as the ISST does blind reviewing in selecting papers for its conferences. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2018, with acceptances communicated by August 1, 2018. The Society also seeks session chairs, whose names will be included on the printed conference program.
To submit proposals, go to the ISST website: http://www.studyoftime.org/forms/confsubmit.aspx
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