ASAP/Amsterdam “As Slowly as Possible”: A Symposium of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 24-26 May 2018
Call for Papers
ASAP/Amsterdam invites proposals from scholars and artists addressing the contemporary arts in all their forms since the 1960s—literary, visual, performing, musical, cinematic, design, and digital. We are interested in work across disciplines and media that examine the formal, cultural, social, and political dimensions of the arts today.
The 2018 international Association of the Study of the Arts of the Present symposium will be hosted by the CLUE+ Interfaculty Research Institute for Culture, Cognition, History and Heritage at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and dedicated to exploring notions of slowness.
Mieke Bal (NL)
Wolfgang Ernst (DE)
Jeremiah Day (US/NL)
Maria Fusco (IE/UK/NL)
Contemporary ideas of slowness, as introduced by such movements of the 1980s including Carlo Petrini’s “slow food” and other projects, have gained increasing relevance in our ever-accelerating present. Far from denoting merely a claim to slow down, slowness encourages us to address the complexities of contemporary production and reception processes with a heightened sensibility to multi-layered interrelations from the economic to the ecological. The relational nature of speed can serve as a fruitful metaphor for the complex interrelations of spatial/geographical and temporal/historical orders, as well as aesthetic and political discourses. Its relationality encourages us to question other binary notions of hot versus cold media, digital versus analogue, culture versus nature, local versus global, as well as any categorization of the arts according to disciplines, genres, or media.
The symposium encourages papers exploring the notion of slowness, including:
· multi-layered temporalities and time-scales as effective in artistic practices and works
· relations of any of the slow movements (slow cities, science, film, food) and the arts
· ecological, durational, activist, processual, systems-oriented approaches
· multi-modal and cross-medial approaches to slowness
· challenged binaries of aesthetics vs. politics, digital vs. analogue, local vs. global
Participants are encouraged to think as broadly and imaginatively as possible about the intersections between and among the contemporary arts and their institutions, economies, policies, and traditions. Proposals may focus on individual artists, writers, designers, composers, or performers and/or their works; they may consider artistic movements, collectives, and local scenes, including those online, or underground; they may discuss any theoretical, intellectual, or aesthetic formation that figures in the world of the arts as we know them now.
*For further information and conference updates, please visit www.asapamsterdam.nl.
Applicants to the symposium are invited to submit a 250 word abstract and short biographical note by 17 November 2017 to the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Erin La Cour, Katja Kwastek, & Diederik Oostdijk
Should you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
We invite abstract submissions for the panel Tracing temporalities of gentrification and urban change at the conference Social Life of Time, Edinburgh, June 5-7, 2018.
Panel organizers: Linda Lapiņa, Roskilde University, Denmark; Bahar Sakizlioǧlu, University of Leicester, UK
Gentrification entails (re)production of space, encounters and social relationships in ways that perpetuate and aggravate inequalities. Ideas about past, present and desired futures of urban districts underlie and shape gentrification processes. Yet, while acknowledging that notions of time play a key role in how urban change is conceived and lived, temporality remains an underexplored aspect in gentrification research, with few exceptions (Borer, 2010; Degen, 2017; Kern, 2016; Osman, 2016; Sakizlioǧlu, 2014; Sharma & Towns, 2016).
This panel seeks to conceptualize temporal aspects of gentrification and urban change. These perspectives highlight how time operates as a technology of power with important cultural and material effects (Auyera and Swistuin, 2009; Bastian, 2014; Birth, 2017; Huebener, 2015). In addition, time is experienced and enacted in different ways by social actors along markers of social difference, emphasizing the ‘complexity of lived time, the multiple and relational temporalities that compose the social fabric (…) [constituting] the politics of uneven time’ (Sharma, 2013:134). Some residents’ and communities’ loss of home or livelihood might promise a brighter future to others. As new condos emerge in ‘previously unused space’, for some, the past is erased and done away with. For others, the past is not past: it continues to haunt and rupture the present (Sharpe, 2016; Ramirez, 2017).
We welcome papers that explore, among other topics:
• Experiences of temporal aspects of urban change
• Multiple and competing temporal logics in gentrification and renewal processes (i.e. preservation of authenticity; optimization and progress; clean-up and homogenization)
• (Unequally distributed effects of) temporal governance in gentrification and its relation to collective (in)action and resistance
• Methodological issues in researching temporality of changing urban spaces
• Temporal representations of urban change
• Affective ecologies and politics: how anticipation pulls, fears are managed, hopes raised and uncertainties experienced and ambivalence negotiated with regards to gentrification temporalities.
Please send an abstract of 200 words to Linda Lapina (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Bahar Sakizlioǧlu (email@example.com) by November 5th. Presenters will be notified about acceptance by November 13th.
Read more about the conference here: http://www.temporalbelongings.org/sociallifeoftime.html
Linda and Bahar
Auyera, J. and Swistuin, A.D. (2009). Flammable: Environmental Suffering in an Argentine Shantytown. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Borer, M. I. (2010). From Collective Memory to Collective Imagination: Time, Place, and Urban Redevelopment. Symbolic Interaction, 33(1), 96–114.
Bastian, M. (2014). Time and community: A scoping study. Time & Society, 23(2), 137–166.
Birth, K. K. (2017). Time Blind. Problems in Perceiving Other Temporalities. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.
Degen, M. (2017). Urban Regeneration and “Resistance of Place” Foregrounding Time and Experience. Space and Culture, 20(2), 141–155.
Huebener, P. (2015). Timing Canada: The Shifting Politics of Time in Canadian Literary Culture. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s Press-MQUP.
Kern, L. (2016). Rhythms of gentrification: eventfulness and slow violence in a happening neighbourhood, 23(3), 441–457.
Osman, S. (2016). What Time is Gentrification? City & Community, 15(3), 215–219.
Ramirez, M. M. (2017). Decolonial ruptures of the city: art-activism amid racialized dispossession in Oakland (Doctoral dissertation, University of Washington).
Sakizlioǧlu, B. (2014). Inserting Temporality into the Analysis of Displacement: Living Under the Threat of Displacement. Tijdschrift Voor Economische En Sociale Geografie, 105(2), 206–220.
Sharma, S. (2013). Critical Time. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 10(2–3), 312–318.
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.
Sharpe, C. (2016). In the Wake: On Blackness and Being. Durham and London: Duke University Press.
Linda Lapiņa, PhD
Department of Communication and Arts
Making time: metabolisms, crises, fixes, critique
Ingrid Behrsin, University of California, Davis Kevin Surprise, Mount Holyoke College
This session seeks to link core themes in nature-society geography – capitalist crises, metabolism(s), and spatial/socio-ecological fixes – through the variable of time (and its cognates temporality, tempo, rhythm, rate, etc.), querying how time shapes various attempts to “fix” and/or transcend capitalism’s metabolic rifts and ecological crises. Analyses of capitalist crises and spatio-temporality have, of course, long been foundational (e.g. Harvey 1982). Relationships between temporality, nature, and accumulation have generated fresh insights (e.g. Henderson 1998; Boyd et al. 2001), and continue to provoke new questions – e.g. Moore’s (2015) notion of ‘negative-value’ and the temporal mismatch between ecological crisis and capitalist fixes, and Ekers and Prudham’s (2017) work linking urban metabolisms and socio-ecological fixes. Moreover, the emergence of the Anthropocene has generated questions of geologic/deep time in geographical analysis (Yusoff 2013), and emergent movements such as degrowth and accelerationism place time – particularly relationships between temporality, scale, and technology – at the core of their politics (D’Alisa et al. 2014; Srnicek and Williams 2015).
Questions of time in the above analyses tend to center on the capacity to defer capitalist crises, increase turnover time via the production of space and nature, and to slow down or speed up as a form of politics. While these approaches are crucial, what other temporalities might be at play? As the rates of myriad socio-ecological disasters increase, how do the temporal complexities of various socio-ecological metabolisms shape, disrupt, or otherwise condition “fixes”? How can an emphasis on the connections between time and metabolic processes expand current understandings of capitalist natures and the limits/possibilities of fixes? How does temporality figure into anti-/post-capitalist critique and politics?
This session explores evolving relationships between socio-ecological metabolisms, capitalist crises, time, fixes, and politics – potential topics include but are not limited to:
- Metabolic rift theory
- Urban metabolisms
- Natural cycles and fixes (e.g. carbon)
- Rate of climatic change and green capitalism
- Formal and real subsumption of nature
- Genetic engineering
- Waste and technology
- Preemption, precaution, deterrence
- Discourses and politics of urgency
Please send abstracts of 250 words to Ingrid Behrsin (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Kevin Surprise (email@example.com) by October 16th.
Boyd, W., Prudham, W. S., & Schurman, R. A. (2001). Industrial dynamics and the problem of nature. Society & Natural Resources, 14(7), 555-570.
D'Alisa, G., Demaria, F., & Kallis, G. (Eds.). (2014). Degrowth: a vocabulary for a new era. Routledge.
Ekers, M., & Prudham, S. (2017). The Metabolism of Socioecological Fixes: Capital Switching, Spatial Fixes, and the Production of Nature. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 1-19.
Harvey, D. (1982). The limits to capital. Blackwell.
Henderson, G. (1998). Nature and fictitious capital: the historical geography of an agrarian question. Antipode, 30(2), 73-118.
Moore, J. W. (2015). Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital. Verso Books.
Srnicek, N., & Williams, A. (2015). Inventing the future: Postcapitalism and a world without work. Verso Books.
Yusoff, K. (2013). Geologic life: Prehistory, climate, futures in the Anthropocene. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 31(5), 779-795.
From the Slow Research Lab Newsletter:
From 09 to 12 November, Slow Research Lab will be at Arizona State University (US) for the annual meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA). This year’s conference theme is ‘Out of Time,’ exploring nonhuman temporalities, biopolitical time, long nows, and much more. Our contribution is a curated triptych of Slow encounters, including a gallery installation, a sunrise experience of the on-campus James Turrell skyspace, and a Slow Walk in the surrounding desert landscape. Presented under the title SLOW TUNING, participants are invited to fine-tune their awareness and Slow-tune their personal rhythms, seeking deeper resonance within themselves, with the natural and built environments, and with one another.
You can find the full programme for the conference here [PDF].
In her essay,"The Times We’re in: Queer Feminist Criticism and the Reparative ‘Turn,'" Robyn Wiegman discusses recent feminist theorizations of affect and time: "with so much in flux and with governments, like people, finding themselves awash in everyday attrition, scholarship that seeks to analyse the condition of the present – both its political comportment and its historical theorisation – has proliferated under a different set of terms: debt, crisis, precarity, bare life, biopolitics, neoliberalism, and empire." Wiegman states that much of this "scholarship attends to the condition of the present through the converging analytics of affect and time" (5). I am seeking papers for a proposed panel for the 1st International Temporal Belongings Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland that engage this analytic in recent feminist theory by examining gender, affect, and time in contemporary U.S. culture. Possible approaches include:
*Discussions of feminist temporal logics and affects in feminist criticism and history
*Utopian time of capital and affective communities
*Feminist approaches to the temporal geographies of U.S capital (the Rust Belt, approaches to ideas of obsolescence, the Wall, border politics)
*Gender and the care economy
*Race, gender and feminist temporalities of belonging and resistance
*Temporal affects of resistance in the Trump era
*Feminist imaginaries of time (e.g. science fiction, historical fiction)
*The temporal logics of social media and feminism (e.g. feminist labor/community building)
*U.S. feminism, war, imperialism
The CFP for the conference can be seen here: http://www.temporalbelongings.org/uploads/6/8/8/9/6889024/cfp_the_social_life_of_time_final.pdf
Deadline for 200-word abstracts and 100-word bios is September 30, 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the great programme for Anticipation 2017 here [PDF]
The conference organisers describe this event as:
Anticipation 2017 is a unique, radically interdisciplinary forum for exploring how ideas of the future inform action in the present. It brings together researchers, policy makers, scholars and practitioners to push forward thinking on issues ranging from modelling, temporality and the present to the design, ethics and power of the future.
Find out more about the conference itself and register for a place here.
Rhythmanalysis: Everything You Always Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask15th February – 30th May 2017, Goldsmiths College
Convened by Dr Paola Crespi and Dr Sunil Manghani
Supported by the Consortium of Humanities and the Arts South-East England
The seminar series comprised six sessions exploring various approaches to time and rhythm as those found in the work of key critical theorists, such as Gilles Deleuze, Henri Lefebvre, Rudolf Laban, Roland Barthes, Henri Meschonnic, Emile Benveniste, Gaston Bachelard and others. The bibliographics for the set reading and audio recordings for each of the seminars are available here.
Call for papers
Time as infrastructure: For an analysis of contemporary urbanization
Editors: Dr. Natalia Besedovsky, University of Hamburg; Fritz-Julius Grafe, Humboldt University Berlin; Dr. Hanna Hilbrandt, HafenCity University Hamburg; Hannes Langguth, Technical University Berlin
We are looking for papers to be published as part of a Special Issue planned for “City. Analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action”
Different and partly contradictory tendencies in describing present notions of time reflect the multiplicity of temporal experiences in contemporary urban life. Especially throughout the Western world, authors describe the acceleration of everyday experiences through demands of interactivity, multitasking, and hyper-solicitation as processes of social alienation in the course of rapid technological and socio-economic change. However, experiences of uncertainty, stagnation, insecurity, and waiting challenge these narratives of acceleration under late capitalism. The precarity of large segments of the job market, the uncertainty of residence rights for refugees and asylum seekers, the struggle to balance work and life, or the increasing marginalization of communities that lack basic infrastructures can be seen as cases in point.
This Special Issue debates the social and political implications of such temporal dynamics for our cities and everyday urban life. In doing so, it explores the making and constitution of temporalities, the power relations in and through which these processes are embedded, the inequalities that their effects entail, as well as potentials for socio-political change. To unveil the manifold structures and practices that underlie the making of temporal dynamics, it probes the concept of infrastructure. Considering time through the analytical lens of infrastructure promises to elucidate the ways in which political, social, and economic conditions shape and exert authority over the everyday urban. Temporalities, as we see it, themselves constitute infrastructures: As structures that underlie and powerfully shape current forms of organization and interaction, considering temporalities through the analytics of an infrastructural perspective facilitates an understanding of their making and effects. An infrastructural perspective allows us to unpack struggles around the making of temporalities, their use as modalities of domination and resistance as well as resultant inequalities. In sum, this Special Issue advances three aims: to strengthen and enrich the analytical notion of infrastructure through disentangling and understanding urban temporalities; to facilitate and politicize knowledge about the construction of urban temporalities and thus the present time; and to unveil potential starting points for social and political interventions that aim to develop alternative future conditions and modes of urban coexistence.
Call for papers
We welcome submissions of abstracts (~500 words) for empirical papers (between 4,000 and 8,000 words) that unveil the political moments of time as infrastructure. Topics include but are not limited to:
Deadline for abstract submissions is September 1st 2017. Please send the abstract to Hanna Hilbrandt at email@example.com. If you have any queries or would like to see the extended CfP, please don´t hesitate to email. Full paper submission is due by January 15th.
Dr. Hanna Hilbrandt
Geschichte und Theorie der Stadt /
History and Theory of the City
HafenCity Universität Hamburg
Überseeallee 16, R. 4.129
Tel.: +49 (0)40 42827-4394
We’re 3 Japan anthropologists looking for 2 more papers for the panel we’re organizing below (draft abstract) for the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) conference in Washington, DC, in March 2018. We want to put together a cross-border and interdisciplinary panel, so we’re particularly interested in papers outside of our expertise. Please send abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 20th!
Isaac Gagne, DIJ German Institute for Japanese Studies
Shuhei Kimura, Tsukuba University
Chika Watanabe, University of Manchester
Disaster Temporality: Alternative Pasts and Possible Futures
What if a mass earthquake struck Tokyo tomorrow? What if evacuation centers had been effective during Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines? What if our estimates of future disasters are unable to account for demographic and climate changes?
As events of rupture, disasters provoke counterfactual "what if" questions that call for alternative histories and futures (Clarke 2006). People must assess what went wrong (or right) and how that "lesson" can be used to expand the imaginable, and thereby be better prepared for the future--as well as to come to terms with the past. This panel investigates how disasters push actors across the Asia-Pacific to reevaluate the region's histories and futures in the face of increasingly destructive "natural" disasters. As the most disaster-prone region in the world (ESCAP 2016), the Asia-Pacific presents a context in which people have to negotiate the relationship between experiences of (past) catastrophe with strategies of (future) preparedness in short spaces of time. The temporality of disasters is not neatly linear, but cyclical, compressed, and often messy. By comparing case studies between X, X, and X, we explore how the interconnected histories in the region impact the ways that people rework the past and future in contingent directions (Oakes 2017). Gagne explores how the intersection of national policies, local recovery plans, and ongoing displacement creates a "zoned liminality" for evacuees of the 2011 disaster in Japan. Kimura and Watanabe examine how Japanese aid actors re-envision Japan's experience with disasters into the future of preparedness in other countries such as Chile. [Add about other papers.] The panel offers a cross-border and interdisciplinary perspective on how disasters are reshaping people's formulations of the region's temporal trajectories.
Chika Watanabe, University of Manchester, Social Anthropology
We are very proud to announce a call for papers for our first international conference, supported by the Wellcome Trust. The aim of this conference is to share current research on the social nature of time and to collaboratively reflect on key issues, problems and methodological approaches. You can find further details on the dedicated conference page.
This has been in the works for quite some time now, so it is a pleasure to share this with you all.
Our curated listing of events and news related to time, temporality and social life.