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
Special Issue of Resilience on Environmental Futurities now available
A History of Environmental Futurity: Special Issue Introduction (pp. 1-20)
Susie O'Brien and Cheryl Lousley
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5250/resilience.4.2-3.0001
Global Futures Past: Our Common Future, Postcolonial Times, and Worldly Ecologies(pp. 21-42)
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5250/resilience.4.2-3.0021
Resilience Stories: Narratives of Adaptation, Refusal, and Compromise (pp. 43-65)
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5250/resilience.4.2-3.0043
Prayers on the Record: Mobilizing Indigenous Futures and Discourses of Spirituality in Canada's Pipeline Hearings (pp. 66-93)
Patricia H. Audette-Longo
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5250/resilience.4.2-3.0066
Fantastic Futures? Cli-fi, Climate Justice, and Queer Futurity (pp. 94-110)
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5250/resilience.4.2-3.0094
Fields of Dreams (pp. 111-126)
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5250/resilience.4.2-3.0111
Climate Change Fiction and the Future of Memory: Speculating on Nathaniel Rich's Odds against Tomorrow (pp. 127-146)
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5250/resilience.4.2-3.0127
Another Poetry Is Possible: Will Alexander, Planetary Futures, and Exopoetics (pp. 147-165)
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5250/resilience.4.2-3.0147
CFP: Accelerated Academy #4
Academic Timescapes: Perspectives, Reflections, Responsibilities
May 24-25, 2018, Villa Lanna, Prague, Czech Academy of Sciences
After meetings in Prague, Warwick and Leiden, the fourth Accelerated Academy conference calls for a more nuanced perspective in order to advance our understanding of academic temporalities as experienced, understood, controlled, managed, imagined and contested across different institutional contexts. The question of temporality – the human perception and social organization of time – in and of the academy has been attracting considerable attention across the social sciences in recent decades. Notable accounts have demonstrated that time is an important research object potentially offering new insights into the complex and shifting nature of the contemporary academy and its future. Existing studies tend to stress how pressures intrinsic to the imperatives of the knowledge economy and academic/epistemic capitalism co-shape policies and subsequently impact how time is perceived and experienced on the level of individuals and institutions, leading to concerns over their temporal relation to wider society. Taking the cue from the long tradition of sociology of time the conference aims to tackle various pressing question in the emerging field of the social studies of academic time. The conference will address the following themes but the organizers welcome other cognate problematics:
· Theorizations and different disciplinary takes on temporality in academia
· (Possible) methods of inquiring into academic temporalities
· Temporal design(s), temporal policies
· Temporal justice vs/and temporal autonomy
· The promises and limits of ‘the slow’ in academia
· Temporalities in/of teaching; temporalities in/of research – tensions, complementarities, (in)compatibilities
· Temporal interfaces with wider society and its implications for science communication
· Temporality of science communication via social media
· Digitalization, temporal intersections and emerging temporalities in academia
· Temporality, metrics, evaluations
Please submit short abstract (250 words) and bio to firstname.lastname@example.org by 28 February 2018. We intend to generate an edited volume from the conference so please indicate whether you’d be interested in contributing to the volume.
Organized by Centre for Science, Technology, and Society Studies, Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences & University of Minho, Research Centre on Communication Studies (CECS).
Funded by Czech Science Foundation, Czech Academy of Sciences (Strategie AV21) & Portuguese Science Foundation, CECS, University of Minho.
This call follows on from the recent Millenium conference on The Politics of Time. The programme can be viewed here: https://millenniumjournal.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/2017-conference-booklet.pdf
Call For Submissions – Millennium 46.3
The Politics of Time in International Relations
Deadline: 24 November 2017
The Editors welcome the submission of manuscripts of 8,000-11,000 words (including footnotes but excluding an abstract of up to 200 words and up to six keywords). All material must be original and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere while under consideration by Millennium. Submissions will be peer-reviewed prior to publication. Unfortunately, due to space limitations, not all submissions can be accepted for publication in issue 46.3.
Submissions need to be made via the online SAGETrack manuscript submission-system: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mjis
The Grasping Kairos Research Network just recently came to our attention and a brief outline of their work is included below. More information is available from: http://graspingkairos.wixsite.com/network
Researching the History of Kairos/Occasio from the Classical to the Modern Age
ZeMKI international conference „The Mediatization of Time“
December 6-8, 2017
Hillmannpl. 20, 28195 Bremen, Germany
University of Bremen, ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research
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.
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.
Registration for non-presenting participants is open until November 30, 2017. Please register with an e-mail to email@example.com, providing your full name, your affiliation and postal address as well as your status: (1) undergraduate/doctoral student or (2) postdoc/professor/other. The registration fee for status group (1) is 20 euro and for status group (2) 40 euro, not including the conference dinner. The registration is only valid with a written confirmation by the conference team.
Participants can book hotel rooms for special conference rates at the Hotel Bremer Haus (code: "Mediatized Time") and Star Inn Bremen (code: "Mediatized Time") by the end of October 2017.
Conference programmeDecember 6, 201720:00
Get Together (www.canova-bremen.de)
December 7, 201709:00
Welcome - Convenors
*Helge Jordheim (Oslo U, Norway)
*Response: Emily Keightley (Loughborough U, UK)
*Response: Staffan Ericson (Södertörn U, Sweden)
Coffee & Tea
PANEL I: TEMPORAL (DIS-)CONTINUITIES
*Karin Deckner (U of the Arts, Berlin, Germany): Eigenzeit and media-based Eigenzeit as „Heterochronie“
*Tim Markham (Birkbeck, U of London, UK): Subjective engagement in an age of distraction: In defence of temporal discontinuity and ambivalence
*Christian Schwarzenegger (Augsburg U, Germany): Reclaiming Time from the Media – Disconnection and temporal autonomy in times of digital perma-connectivity
*Martin Hand (Queen's U, Canada): iTimes? emerging practices of negotiation, synchronization, and coordination
PANEL II: PLATFORM TIME
*Tim Highfield (Queensland Tech, Australia): Socially mediated moments and memories: Now, then, and the tangled temporality of digital media
*Manuel Menke (Augsburg U, Germany): Time as Contrast: Constructing Temporalities of the “Before” and the “After” Online
*Kenzie Burchell (U of Toronto, Canada): Managing the Platform Communication Environment: Observable Social Practices as Time Regulators and Time Meters
Coffee & Tea
PANEL III: MULTIPLE CHRONOLOGIES
*Maria Rikitianskaia & Gabriele Balbi (Lugano U, Switzerland): Wireless Around The Clock: Introducing Time Signals By Wireless Telegraphy in the 1910s
*Oliver Görland (Rostock U, Germany): Media Use In Situ: Dead Time and the Acceleration of Life
*Jean-Claude Domenget (U de Franche Comté, France) & Carsten Wilhelm (U of Haute Alsace, France): Recent French perspectives on temporalities in media and communication research
*Sabine Bosler (U of Haute Alsace, France & Olivier Thevenin (Paris New Sorbonne U, France): The Paris Series Mania Festival and the Attention Economy"
Roundtable: New Perspectives on Media, Data and Temporality (Andreas Hepp (Bremen U, Germany), Espen Ytreberg (Oslo U, Norway), Elizabeth Prommer (Rostock U, Germany), Lee Humphreys (Cornell U, USA), Paddy Scannell (U Michigan, USA)
December 8, 201709:00
*Motti Neiger (The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew U. & Netanya Academic College, Israel) ""On Collective Vision: The Mediatization of Shared Social Future"
*Mike Ananny (Annenberg School for Communication, USC, USA)
* Response: Lee Humphreys (Cornell U, USA)
Coffee & Tea
PANEL VI: TIME IN/OF THE MEDIA
*C.W. Anderson (Leeds U, UK) & Henrik Bodker (Aarhus U, Denmark): Deep, Shallow, and Ecstatic Time in an Age of Data and Mediatization
* Wiebke Loosen (Bredow Hamburg) & Andreas Hepp (U Bremen): Where the future is already the present. How pioneer journalists construct the future(s) of journalism
*Sarah Kohler (Klagenfurt U, Austria): The Adaptation of Temporal Structures in Times of Mediatization: the Two Approaches of SPIEGEL Online
*Sarah Bishop (City U, NYC, USA): Finding the Time: Digital Storytelling and Narrative Fatigue
Lunch and Farewell
INTO THE FUTURE with comments from Peter Lunt (Leicester U, UK), Irene Neverla (Hamburg U, Germany), Johan Fornäs (Södertörn U, Sweden)
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].
Our curated listing of events and news related to time, temporality and social life.