Time in Medieval Japan (TIMEJ)
The project explores time in medieval Japan, taking a new approach to historical articulations of the concept of time, based on the theory of symbolic forms. It will examine symbolic representations and social regulations of time in a civilisation that is often juxtaposed to contemporary, globalised modernity. We will investigate into medieval Japan as a dynamic and internally differentiated society, and not as a unified “traditional” culture dominated by a qualitative concept of time. We will focus on its plural ways of registering, measuring, articulating, and regulating time. The aim is to disclose the specific cultural practices operative in the respective ways of negotiating time, and to achieve a more comprehensive and detailed account of human strategies in dealing with this fundamental restriction of our existence. In a closely coordinated set of case studies, we examine representative spheres connected to various symbolic forms and socio-cultural agendas: the Zen monastery, the female court, and the market. An intersectional case study explores the symbolic mediations of the menstrual cycle, connecting these spheres and uniting aspects of the physical, ritual and symbolic regulation of human body time. Each case study explores the symbolic forms prevalent in the respective settings, and the aspects of time that are deemed relevant and selected for symbolic articulation. We will analyse temporal encoding, structure and application in the regulation of affairs, the competence to account and regulate these processes, and the influence on feelings of dismay in the face of the socio-cultural realities of time. Special attention is paid to the conflicts that arise when established regimes of temporal regulation and expression clash with each other and with individual experience. The results will be compared to the history of time in the Western world, and integrated into a theory of the symbolic forms of time.
We invite applications for two research positions in the ERC-Advanced Grant Research Project “Time in Medieval Japan” (TIMEJ), University of Zurich
The Department of Japanese Studies, Institute for Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland, seeks one research associate (5 years, non-tenure track) and one doctoral candidate (4 years, non-tenure-track) to participate in the ERC-Advanced Grant Research Project “Time in Medieval Japan” (TIMEJ), September 2017 until August 2022.
a) Position as Research Associate for Research Area 3 (Market)
We are seeking a research associate who will lead Research Area 3 (Time of the Market). This is a 5-year, non-tenure-track position.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in a related field and a substantial track record of research. Preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated their expertise in the area of premodern economic history, and experience in the study of medieval Japanese sources.
In the course of his/her term of employment with TIMEJ, the research associate is expected to work closely with the research group, to regularly attend its meetings, to engage in discussion with all project members, and to assist in the supervision of the doctoral student working in the research area 3. Furthermore, she/he will participate in activities of the group such as symposia, panels in international conferences, etc. The main expected outcome will be a research monograph on the “time of the markets” and a contribution to an edited volume surveying time in medieval (Kamakura to Muromachi) Japan. No teaching duties are attached to the position, but the research associate will be eligible for paid teaching assignments.
Description of Research Area 3 (Market)
Research Area 3 explores the impact of evolving markets on the temporal perspectives of participants. Markets are generally considered to foster a quantitative and homogeneous concept of time, and also to contribute to the installation, or increased salience, of a ‘week’ – an artificial unit of time between the day and the month. They also connect the aristocratic authorities with the much less documented lives of the commoners. In analysing the temporal organisation of markets and how it affected the activities and temporal perspectives of traders, producers, and buyers of commodities, the proposed research brings a new perspective to this field, and will, at the same time, test assumptions derived from the study of European history. A case study by a PhD student under supervision of research associate 2 and the Principle Investigator (PI) follows the trajectory of incense as a marketed commodity from import of raw materials and semi-finished products through production and circulation to consumption. (For detailed information on the project please contact email@example.com).
Employment conditions: 60% research associate position at the University of Zurich. The salary will be determined according to the ERC-regulations for research associates.
Applications should include a cover letter, a CV, a research statement of up to 1,500 words, and a sample of recent work.
They should be submitted electronically in a single PDF-Document by June 15 to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review of applicants will begin June 16, 2017 and continue until the position has been filled.
b) Research Position at the Doctoral level for Research Area 2 (Court)
We seek for a highly promising doctoral candidate to conduct a PhD project on time conceptions and time practices in courtiers’ (kuge) diaries in comparison to diaries by military governors (buke) under the supervision of the research associate of research area 2 and the PI. This is a 4-year, non-tenure-track position.
Candidates will be specializing in Japanese literature and/or intellectual history. Preference shall be given to those with training in male literature of medieval Japan. A good knowledge of kanbun is highly desirable.
Description of Research Area 2
Research area 2 (Court) looks into class and gender aspects of time by investigating the literature produced in female courts in contradistinction to that of male courtiers and members of the warrior elite. The female court was established as the primary locus of vernacular literature in late antiquity. It continued to be a place of highly aestheticised and strongly gendered exchanges, evident among others in the genres of vernacular poetry, miscellany, and women’s diaries. Due to the gradual decline in the status of the court aristocracy during the medieval period, there is, however, a tendency over time in the diaries to also include consideration of economic and legal matters. This makes the female court an apt place to analyse the impact of social fluctuations and changing constellations of symbolic forms on temporal perspectives. The proposed research will systematically investigate how time is recorded, addressed and reflected in women’s diaries, travelogues, and poetry, comparing these to letters and administrative documents. A complementary study (PhD dissertation under supervision of research associate 1 and the PI) will compare courtier diaries (kuge) to that of military governors (buke). In comparing sources from male and female members of the court and warrior elite, special attention will be paid to the relations of power and the temporal regimes they exhibit, their cognitive basis in technologies of recording and announcing time, and the emotive and evaluative expressions of time. The research will demonstrate the plurality of strategies in negotiating the conflicts between natural, institutional and existential time, moving beyond the image of traditional societies in harmony with natural rhythms. (For detailed information on the project please contact email@example.com)
Employment conditions: 60% PhD-position at the University of Zurich. The salary will be in accordance with the ERC-regulations for PhD-students.
Applications should be submitted electronically in a single PDF-Document by June 15 to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications should include a cover letter, a CV, a research statement of up to 1,500 words, and a sample of recent work.
Review of applicants will begin June 16, 2017 and continue until the position has been filled.
Contact: Inquiries may be addressed to Prof. Dr. Raji C. Steineck, Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich, Zuerichbergstrasse 4, 8032 Zurich,
Phone: +41 44 634 40 85, E-mail: email@example.com.
CALL FOR PAPERS
International ZeMKI conference
"The Mediatization of Time: New perspectives on media, data and temporality"
7-8 December 2017
ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research
University of Bremen, Germany
Recent innovations in the digitalization and datafication of communication fundamentally affect how people conceptualize, perceive and evaluate time to create the kind of world they live in. The conference invites participants to think through the interplay of media and data in respect of the way social time is constructed, modulated, and experienced. This allows to appreciate how new technologies and representations deeply affect the temporal organization of today’s media suffused societies, and it also sheds light on transformations in mediating time. We assume that mediatization as a fundamental societal change that interweaves with the development and spread of communication and information technologies leaves its mark on the ways we process and order the pace, sequence, rhythms and of social reality.
This conference invites to think through the role of media and data people have or had at hand to time their interactions, relations, and states of being. It encourages submissions related to the mediation of time and the timing of media(ization), and includes, but is not restricted to, the following themes:
- Transformativity of mediatization processes: How can we grasp the historically changing mediation of time and the relation to diachronic processes of mediatization? What are the dynamics between the transforming construction of time and the ongoing formation of mediatization?
- Temporality and mediation of time: Are there temporal affordances of media and how do they influence the experience of mediated time? What time principles characterize today’s media-saturated life? How do media technologies relate to the various temporalities of media practices?
- Memory and the rearrangement of the tenses: What temporal meanings are generated by the media? How are media used in order to knit together past, present and future?
Please send a 300-word abstract, along with your name, e-mail address, academic affiliation, and short bio to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract submission deadline: September 1, 2017
Acknowledgment of acceptance: September 15, 2017
Conference dates: December 7-8, 2017
Confirmed speakers include: Staffan Ericson (Södertörn University): Mediatization in Time; Andreas Hepp (University of Bremen): Datafication and Temporal Media Practices; Johan Fornäs (Södertörn University): Media as Third-Time Tools; Helge Jordheim (University of Oslo): Modes of Synchronization; Emily Keightley (Loughborough University): Zones of Intermediacy; Irene Neverla (University of Hamburg): Media/Time Rhythms; Elizabeth Prommer (University of Rostock): Work, Time, Media; Espen Ytreberg (University of Oslo): Networked Simultaneities.
The conference is organized by Christian Pentzold and Christine Lohmeier from the ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research, University of Bremen in cooperation with Anne Kaun, School of Culture and Education, Södertörn University, Stockholm.
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In collaboration with Icebox Project Space, Time Camp 001 is a two-day program and interactive installation exploring time, alternative temporalities, time travel, and temporal shifts, with activities include temporal sound design, time walks, temporal scavenger hunts, zinemaking, special performances, and more. Time Camp 001 will take place at the space-time point of September 30-Oct 1, 2017 at Icebox Project Space (Phila, PA). More details soon.
We are inviting submissions for workshops and lectures, as well as art-based submissions for inclusion in the installation.
Workshop and Lecture Submission Information
Seeking abstracts and proposals for 45 and 60 minute workshops and lectures for presentation at Time Camp. Please identify any audio/visual and electrical needs for your presentation. Also include presenter information and website if available. Please submit a proposal for your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 20, 2017.
Sample topics include:
Time Travel Theories/Time Travel 101
Time Machine Design
Time Travel in Comics
Installation Submission information
Seeking submissions of small installations, film, audio/video, literature, photography, objects, and art pieces dealing with time travel, such as personal time machines and devices and time travel artifacts. Works can be individual or collaborative, and should be experimental. Proposals should include a description of your project or piece, including dimensions, sizes, number, and other specifications. Please identify any audio/visual and electrical needs. Also include artist information and website if available. Please submit a proposal for your submission to email@example.com by June 20, 2017.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Afterlives of violence: contested geographies of past, present and future
A one-day, interdisciplinary conference at the University of Brighton, 29th June 2017
10-5 in M2 Boardroom, Grand Parade – registration from 9
Keynote address from Berber Bevernage, Ghent University
Organised by the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories and the Critical Studies Research Group.
Traces of the past (including past futures) have the potential to unsettle linear understandings of time underpinning discourses that aim to draw a line between the past and the present. Such material legacies become subject to a complex articulation of contested regimes of visibility, readership and belonging that can also be explored in their material and spatial implications.
The aim of this postgraduate conference is to expand traditional understandings of the politics of memory and to highlight the relationship between spatiality and temporality. Important questions and areas of exploration involve, among others; how can we best approach, both methodologically and theoretically, spaces haunted by violent events? How can we best account for the multidirectional constellation of repetitions, anticipations and repressed returns in its geographical manifestations?
Topics to be covered might include:
Please submit your abstract by Friday 19th May 2017 to email@example.com
The SLSA 2017 theme will be “Out of Time,” and papers/panels on all SLSA-related topics are welcome. Some of the areas related to the conference theme include: Nonhuman temporalities, Species extinction, Life after humans, slow time, the long now, Time and Computing, Digital Temporalities, Bio-political Time, Time and Capital, and much more. All proposal abstracts for roundtables, panel sessions, contributed papers, and posters must be submitted by Wednesday, May 15, 2017 (midnight EDT). See Submissions for more information and the full CFP.
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.
More information and Registration here
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.
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