Time and Austerity: Troubled pasts/ hopeful futures?
Royal Geographical Society with IBG Annual Conference, London, Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 August 2019
Session convenors: Stephanie Denning (Coventry University), Sarah Marie Hall (University of Manchester) and Ruth Raynor (Newcastle University)
Session sponsorship: the Social and Cultural Geography Research Group
In September 2018, the UK Prime Minister Theresa May claimed that 'austerity is over'. This announcement was made after a decade of austerity policies, the everyday effects of which geographers have explored. These sessions engage with the question of time and austerity: they consider how, after the naming of an 'end,' austerity will endure, and continue to be endured. Over two sessions, we take stock of current research on austerity in human geography and consider where it is heading.
In the first session, lightning talks of 5 minutes and interactive displays will showcase creative practice approaches to austerity research. These will generate discussion with session participants about the place of participatory, activist and socially engaged research in the geographies of austerity. For this session we welcome submissions from both academic researchers, and practitioners and voluntary sector organisations. To support practitioners and voluntary sector organisations' participation we will be able to apply for RGS guest passes to support their attendance.
For the second session, 15 minute conference papers will question the multiple and complex durations of austerity. Is austerity ending? What might be next to come? This session will include projects that are in their preliminary stages of research, and those which focus on the future of austerity.
Together these two sessions will enable us to explore time and austerity: bringing together hope and trouble in the past, present and anticipated futures of austerity.
Please send 250 word abstracts to all three session conveners by Monday 4th February (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org) and indicate whether you are submitting to session 1 (lightening talk and interactive display) or session 2 (traditional papers).
For more details about the RGS Annual Conference visit https://www.rgs.org/research/annual-international-conference/
Call for Papers for the upcoming RC21 Conference in Delhi, September 18-21, 2019 (Deadline January 20)
Un/Doing Future: Anticipatory Practices, Aspirational Politics (P34)
The concept of the future, its prognostications and applications, shapes present social worlds. Sketches and imaginaries of different futures drive cultural processes and social change. Inspired by the “hopeful futures” subtheme of the RC21 2019 conference, this panel seeks to interrogate the dynamics of futurity and future-making. From government policy to activists’ counter cultural interventions, architectural design, or sustainable technology development, imaginations of the future manifest in practices and take concrete form in cities and beyond. For example, Ghertner’s study of slum clearance in Delhi underlines the ruling aesthetics of an imagined future and its impacts on urban dispossession today (2015). As the repercussions of the future become ever more apparent, futurity itself demands further attention. In this panel session on “Un/Doing Future” we ask: How is the future invented, researched, and renounced? Which anticipatory practices and aspirational politics are at play in shaping urban life? What are the imaginative epistemologies at work in ethnographic research and what role does ethnography play in processes of un/doing the future? For this panel, we are seeking researchers who employ a variety of methods to study these questions, evaluate different future routes, and interrogate their consequences for our present.
To submit, please email an abstract (max 300 words) and clearly state the title of the paper, research questions, theoretical contribution and connection to the panel theme.
Author details about institutional affiliation must also be included.
The subject of the email should include Panel Number and Name (Un/Doing Future: Anticipatory Practices, Aspirational Politics P34).
Email your submission to both conveners email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org and cc: email@example.com at the latest by 20 January 2019.
Please see the https://rc21delhi2019.com/ for further details about the selection process.
TAG 2019: Slow Archaeology Call for Papers
3-5 May 2019, Syracuse, NY
A downloadable PDF copy of the Call for Papers is available here TAG 2019 CFP
Archaeology, along with other disciplines in the humanities and sciences, has kept pace with the accelerated and accelerating tempos and rhythms of the modern world. This acceleration has produced what some have called “fast science,” characterized as “managerial, competitive, data-centric, technocratic, and alienated from the societies it serves and studies” (Cunningham and MacEachern 2016:4). Critiques of these accelerations have emerged as offshoots of the broader “slow movement” in the sciences that call for the multivalent benefits—in theory, method, practice, publication, and teaching—of “decelerating” archaeology. Advocates for slow science—and slow archaeology in particular—highlight the importance of social relationships, long-term engagements (both social and material), and careful contemplation and collaboration. Please visit about slow archaeology for a full discussion, bibliography, and reading list.
Call for Sessions and Papers
We welcome sessions and papers that engage in any/all issues encompassed by the broad scope of “slow” approaches to archaeology (and related approaches to knowing the past/present). A direct/overt engagement with slow theory and approaches is not necessary, and of course critical perspectives on the potentials/problems of this are welcome. Sessions and papers may engage with any number of topics that draw together the contributions of the ontological turn, with a consideration of the ethics, consequences, opportunities and emancipatory potential of its articulation, for example: The Politics, Ethics and Political Potential of New Materialist Archaeologies; Slowing down Multiscalar Analysis: Entangling Micro and Macro historical approaches; Theorizing “care” in archaeological practice (from analytical methods, to disciplinary labor relations); Slow Collaboration in an Accelerating Academic Structure; Fast Effects and The Anthropocene; Archaeologies of Tempo and Rhythm.
Proposals for sessions may include up to 12 papers at 20 minutes in length each. Each session proposal should include a 250-word abstract and a title at time of registration. If you are co-organizing a session, only ONE organizer should submit the session when they register. All TAG sessions will be open sessions, meaning colleagues can propose a paper for your session. We encourage participants to reach out to session organizers about their interest BEFORE submitting a paper to their sessions.
Please check the “Sessions and Abstracts” page for a current list of proposed/accepted sessions.
ALL SESSION PROPOSALS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY January 15th, 2019.
Proposals for 20-minute papers should include a title, list of authors, and a 250-word abstract. Authors who wish to participate in an existing session should contact the session organizers directly. If the paper is not proposed as part of a session (i.e. a General Submission), the conference organizers will assign the paper to an appropriate session (in coordination with session organizers) or create a new session for papers of a similar topic.
ALL PROPOSED PAPERS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY March 1st, 2019.
We invite artist proposals for artworks related to the topic(s) of “slow archaeology,” broadly construed. Please fill out the registration form, and provide a title and description of your proposed work. Given the unique needs of artist proposals, please contact us directly to help coordinate, and for information regarding exhibition space and resources available to facilitate your proposal.
ALL ARTIST PROPOSALS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY January 15th, 2019.
For more information, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connected Communities in time: Temporality in research with communities
Wednesday, 5 December 2018 from 13:00 to 14:00 (GMT)
School of Education
35 Berkeley Square
BS8 1JA Bristol
This event is part of the School of Education's 'Bristol Conversations in Education' seminar series.
Speaker: Dr Bradon Smith
“…community is denied contemporary being-ness, always deferred, lost, projected into the future, the past” (Studdert 2006)
This work-in-progress seminar will focus on a current project looking at the research projects which comprised the Connected Communities programme – a major UK research council funded programme of research with and about communities. This project aims to address the question of how academic knowledge about ‘community’ has been developed through the programme. To focus this very broad question, I take the position that a distinctive contribution of the Connected Communities programme has been, among other contributions, to place ‘community’ in time.
I will ask: how have the projects of the Connected Communities programme framed the relationship between communities and temporality? Taking a set of projects explicitly engaging with temporality, or predominantly concerned with the pasts or futures of communities, I will argue that projects within the programme have resisted an ontology of community which frames it as a static ‘thing in the world’, an easily identifiable and locatable object, and instead have insisted on the various and dynamic temporalities of communities.
Nordic Geographers Meeting 2019
(Trondheim, Norway, June 16-19, 2019)
EXPLORING URBAN TEMPORALITIES
Dr. Tatiana Fogelman, Dr. Linda Lapina, Prof. David Pinder, Prof. Garbi Schmidt;
Roskilde University, Denmark
Dr. Bahar Sakizlioglu; University of Leicester, UK
With the relationship between the present and the future at its core, sustainability is shot through with the temporal. Yet, temporal concerns have rarely been systematically addressed in sustainability research, including critical scholarship on politics of sustainability. Departing from a broad understanding of sustainability centered on the social and the urban, this session explores how time operates within and constitutes life in the city in uneven, multifold ways.
Recently, time has been given more sustained attention as a modality of power with cultural and material effects that impinges on and is worked through in everyday life (Bastian, 2014; Bear, 2016; Birth, 2017; Huebener, 2015; Sharma, 2013, 2014). This session builds on research that conceives time not as a static and linear but as dynamic, emerging through social relations involving human and nonhuman actors (Bastian, 2011; Birth, 2014; Neimanis & Walker, 2014; Rahman, 2015; Rossini & Toggweiler, 2017). It also expands on the work on rhythms and temporal choreographies as constitutive of everyday urban life (Sharma & Towns, 2016). The goal is to continue unraveling temporal politics (e.g. Sharma 2014), exploring how different constructions of time produce and are produced by different forms of relationality and sociality.
Seeking to address how complex and divergent temporalities structure urban life, and are enacted in cities, we invite papers that address (amongst other topics) the following:
- Waste and temporality
- Rhythms and politics of sustainability
- Difference, community & temporal belonging
- Temporality and circular economies
- Nonhuman temporalities
- Time, memory and urban change
- Temporality and affect
- Grassroots (or alternative) urban temporalities
Paper abstracts should be submitted by e-mail to Linda (email@example.com) and Tatiana (firstname.lastname@example.org) by December 15, 2018. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words, in plain text, and saved in Word format. They should contain name of the session, title of the paper, author’s name, e-mail and institutional affiliation and abstract. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by the session conveners by January 15, 2019.
Bastian, M. (2011). The contradictory simultaneity of being with others: Exploring concepts of time and community in the work of Gloria Anzaldúa. Feminist Review, 97, 151–167.
Bastian, M. (2014). Time and community: A scoping study. Time & Society, 23(2), 137–166.
Bear, L. (2016). Time as Technique. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-anthro-102313-030159
Birth, K. K. (2014). Non-Clocklike Features of Psychological Timing and Alternatives to the Clock Metaphor. Timing & Time Perception, 2(3), 312–324.
Birth, K. K. (2017). Time Blind. Problems in Perceiving Other Temporalities. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.
Huebener, P. (2015). Timing Canada: The Shifting Politics of Time in Canadian Literary Culture. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s Press-MQUP.
Neimanis, A., & Walker, R. L. (2014). Weathering: Climate change and the “thick time” of transcorporeality. Hypatia, 29(3), 558–575.
Rahman, S. A. (2015). Time, Memory and the Politics of Contingency. New York and London: Routledge.
Rossini, M., & Toggweiler, M. (2017). Editorial: Posthuman Temporalities. New Formations, 92(May), 5–10.
Sharma, S. (2013). Critical Time. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 10(2–3), 312–318.
Sharma, S. (2014). In the Meantime. Temporality and Cultural Politics. Durham and London: Duke University Press.
Sharma, S., & Towns, A. R. (2016). Ceasing Fire and Seizing Time: LA Gang Tours and the White Control of Mobility. Transfers, 6(1), 26–44.
Call for Editorial Board Members
Time & Society was established in 1992 to publish high quality and innovative articles on the study of time. It is an interdisciplinary journal that publishes articles, reviews and scholarly comment that make original contributions to our understandings of the relationship between time, temporality and social life. We publish work that contributes to research across the arts, humanities and social sciences, particularly that which draws varying approaches, methods, theories and/or empirical work into conversation. Critiques of, and proposals for, time-related aspects of public, social, economic, environmental and organisational policies are also of interest. Our work focuses on questions that shape the nature and scope of the broad field of time studies, as well as those that address how time studies challenges norms, methods and assumptions within more traditional disciplines and wider contexts.
In 2019 the journal will be undergoing a number of changes. This includes the appointment of a new editor-in-chief, Dr Michelle Bastian (Edinburgh) who will be replacing Professor Hartmut Rosa (Jena). We will also be growing the scope of the journal, moving to four journal issues each year (including special issues and special sections) from our previous three.
As part of these exciting changes, we are renewing our editorial board and are seeking individuals at all career stages who wish to take an active role in the life of Time & Society. We are interested in recruiting board members with the relevant expertise from across the arts, humanities and social sciences. In particular, Time & Society is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive Editorial Board that can help guide and shape the journal so that it reflects a breadth of experiences within academia and wider society.
We ask that Editorial Board members help guide the journal by:
We expect that editorial board members commit to a five-year term, with the possibility of renewal. We aim to have new members in place by January 2019.
To apply please fill in this form (https://goo.gl/forms/hg24sHVtxcAumINB3) including a 700 word statement of interest, and also email a 2-pg CV (minimum font 12) to Robert Helbig (email@example.com) by the 30th of November 2018.
The new Editorial Board members will be selected by the Editors, with reference to the following criteria:
If you have any questions please contact Michelle Bastian (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Robert Hassan (email@example.com).
CALL FOR STREAM LEADERS AND PROPOSALS
5TH INTERNATIONAL INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE ON TIME PERSPECTIVES
13th – 17th July, 2020, University of Applied Administrative Sciences NRW, Cologne, Germany
Time and time perception is a central concept for a wide range of social and natural sciences. The perspectives on time are rather heterogeneous in different disciplines and need a broader framing. The International Time Perspectives Conference has provided an arena for within discipline and interdisciplinary discourse, interconnecting different streams and schools in the study of time since 2007. We welcome contributions from psychology and other social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, and the humanities, including anthropology, philosophy, and political science, among others. We also aim to broaden the scope of our discussion by supporting interactions with other disciplines like, for example, the arts, urban studies, gender or literature studies, economics, design, and information technology, just to name a few.
The conference is organized as a collection of streams with additional workshops and common key note lectures. The conveners of the streams can work rather autonomously, inviting researchers in their area to submit their work. Therefore, the convener teams should include at least one well established and experienced researcher. There will also be a general stream, where the authors can submit individual high quality papers directly to the conference convenors and a large poster session. All individual papers, posters and stream proposals will be a subject to a full peer review process.
The responsibilities of the stream conveners include the following:
Potential Topics of Interest
We are interested in interdisciplinary approaches to time research. Streams might include following areas: Our everyday experience, understanding and perception of time; temporal practices of individuals, groups, societies or cultures; time perceptions; mental time travel; inter-temporal choices and decision-making; temporal cultures and socialization; cross-cultural time research; neural correlates of time perception; near-death time experience; clinical implications of time perspective; procrastination; the history of time taking; biographical work and time perspective, time management; time in business, time lack, inequality of time, social status and time use, gendered time practices; evaluation of time use; work-life-balance and conflicts; subjective understandings of time; education and time, career success and time orientation; considerations of future consequences, hope; instruments and methods for measurement of temporal psychology constructs; power and time use; acceleration, pace of time, rhythms and time structure, flow; chronotypes; resonance experience; (re-)construction of the past; mindfulness and time, boredom and the length of time; biographical patterns; time in the construction of identity.
Although long, this list of topics is intended to be suggestive rather than exhaustive. Contributors may choose to draw on material from a wide range of empirical spheres and/or theoretical perspectives or artistic work.
Elisabeth Schilling; Marc Wittmann; Alan Bec; Anna Sircova; Oksana Senyk; Tianna Loose; Alarith Uhde; Frank Worrell, Victor Ortuno, Alejandro Vasquez.
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Two Phd Research Fellowships have been advertised as part of the Lifetimes: A Natural History of the Present project lead by Helge Jordheim. Applications due 23rd of November.
From the job advertisement:
The first PhD position will focus on how lifetimes are being constructed and deployed at the interface between science communication, popular science, and popular culture and are linked to political agendas, strategies and tactics. The successful applicant should have background in Cultural History, STS (Science and Technology Studies), History of Science, Media History or related methods of enquiry, and should be able to work also with Norwegian sources. The leading question for this project will be how the vocabularies of climate change enter into political discourse by way of various popular genres and modes. Prior fieldwork or research experience in the field will be a plus.
The second PhD project will focus specifically on science fiction dealing with climate change, such as climate fiction (“cli-fi”), ecofiction or anthropocene fictions, and how climate change discourses give shape to visions of the future. The successful applicant should have a background in Literature, Visual Culture Studies, Environmental Humanities or similar fields. The project should explore how variations in different climate change affected futures – postapocalyptic landscapes, ruins etc. – depend on geography, ethnicity or cultural identity and might contain a comparative element.
For full details see: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/159219/two-doctoral-research-fellowships-sko-1017
CFP: A crisis in ‘coming to terms with the past’? At the crossroads of translation and memory
1-2 February 2019
Senate House, London
Over the past decade, a particular notion of ‘coming to terms with the past’, usually associated with an international liberal consensus, has increasingly been challenged. Growing in strength since the 1980s, this consensus has been underpinned by the idea that difficult historical legacies, displaced into the present, and persisting as patterns of thought, speech and behaviour, needed to be addressed through a range of phenomena such as transitional justice, reconciliation, and the forging of shared narratives to ensure social cohesion and shore up democratic norms. Such official and international memory practices tended to privilege top-down cosmopolitan memory in an attempt to counter the bottom-up, still antagonistic memories associated with supposedly excessive effusions of nationalism. In a context of the global rise of populist nationalisms and of uncertainty linked by some politicians to migration, this tendency is increasingly being challenged, capitalizing on populist memory practices evident since the 1980s and creating what might be seen as a crisis in this liberal approach to ‘coming to terms with the past’.
Yet rather than rejecting a politics based on such ‘coming to terms’, new political formations have in fact increasingly embraced it: a growing discourse of white resentment and victimhood embodied in the so-called ‘Irish slave myth’, the wide visibility of the 'History Wars' controversy in Australia, legislation such as the Polish ‘Holocaust Bill’, or the withdrawal of African states from the International Criminal Court are evidence of the increasing impact of a new politics underpinning memory practices, and reveal the ways in which diverse populist and nationalist movements are mobilizing previous tropes. Moreover, these new memory practices increasingly have their own alternative internationalisms too, reaching across or beyond regions in new transnational formations, even as they seemed to reverse the earlier ‘cosmopolitan’ functions of memorialization.
Scholars have for a time noted a renaissance of these memory politics in various regions, but an interconnected globally-aware account of this shift remains elusive. Building on an ongoing dialogue between two AHRC themes, Care for the Future and Translating Cultures, we aim to bring together the approaches of both translation and memory scholars to reflect on the transnational linkages which held a liberal coming-to-terms paradigm together, and to ask whether this is now in crisis or undergoing significant challenges. The event will reflect also on the ways in which institutions such as museums, tourist sites or other institutions are responding to the emergence of these new paradigms.
The conference seeks to historicize and chart the translations, networks and circulations which underpin these new memory paradigms of nationalist and/or populist movements across a range of political, cultural and linguistic contexts, welcoming contributions that chart its ideological origins and growth in transnational terms; address the ways it draws on techniques and tropes of former paradigms; analyse its relationship to new ideological formations based on race, nationalism and gender; and chart its current international or transnational formations.
Scholars might reflect on these themes in terms of:
The conference is jointly organised by two Arts and Humanities Research Council themes: Care for the Future: Thinking Forward through the Past, which affords an opportunity for researchers to explore the dynamic relationship that exists between past, present, and future through a temporally inflected lens, and Translating Cultures, studying the role of translation in the transmission, interpretation, transformation and sharing of languages, values, beliefs, histories and narratives.
Proposals of no more than 300 words, and a short CV, should be sent to Eva.Spisiakova@liverpool.ac.uk by 15 November 2018.
Funding opportunities for travel and accommodation are available, but we ask that potential contributors also explore funding opportunities at their home institutions.
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