Time & Society Special forum section: Call for submissions
Edited by Michelle Bastian and Keri Facer
The study of time has always had to deal with the fact that it has no easy disciplinary home. Each discipline may have its own take – with the sociology, anthropology and philosophy of time all being well-established. But what has often characterised an interest in time is the relentless pull to inter- and multi-disciplinary ways of working. Much has been written about the theories and methods appropriate to this wide-ranging field, not least in the pages of Time & Society which has championed integrative approaches in particular. To our knowledge, however, very little has been made available about the specific pedagogies that time scholars have developed for university students and new scholars beginning their studies in this complex and definition-defying area of research. How do we go about teaching time?
A careful search of the literature reveals strong research interest in temporality as a core element of educational practice. There is the extensive work which unpacks the traditional temporalities of education itself (eg Franch and De Souza 2015; Duncheon and Tierney 2013, Hohti 2016), as well as the time pressures of teaching and how they affect pedagogy (eg Gravesen and Ringskou 2017). Here we see time in its disciplinary mode within education (cf Alhadeff-Jones 2017). At the same time, we are beginning to see the use of critical theories of time for challenging and redesigning dominant educational temporalities. Stephanie Springgay and Sarah E. Truman (2019), for example, turn to work on counterfuturism and queer temporalities to rethink outcomes-based models of teaching in primary and secondary education. Queer temporalities research has been drawn on for theorising a ‘pedagogy of vulnerability’ (Shelton and Melchoir 2019). Crip time has been used as a framework for redesigning college composition classes in the US (Wood 2017), as has Afrofuturism (Grue 2019). Theories of anticipation have been used to reflect on ways that models of the future are passed on in problematic ways (Amsler and Facer 2017a).
Indigenous and decolonial scholarship is also inviting critical attention to temporality as part of pedagogic practice in universities and schools. This includes the re-introduction of deep time practices of learning in and with place from Dharug communities in Australia, to the adoption of intergenerational story-telling pedagogies in Sami Communities (Lopez Lopez & Coello, 2021; Jensen, 2020). Work here also includes the inter-species pedagogies of the Common-Worlds research collective (Pacini-Ketchabaw and Kummen 2016), as well as strategies from indigenous and futures studies for connecting learning with place cross the ‘long now’ (Wooltorton et al, 2020).
Even so, there are fewer guides for understanding how theories and methods of time studies might be taught – in other words, for understanding the pedagogies that can build understanding of the sorts of theoretical developments, methodologies and canonical texts that have emerged over the 30 years since Time & Society was founded. How are the next generation of scholars in this field being trained and developed? There are contributions such as Jacqueline Ellis and Jason D. Martinek’s (2018) article on teaching Afrofuturism and examples of research on teaching futures studies, eg Berg 2018, including special issues devoted to the topic (Amsler and Facer 2017b). And yet, while there are undoubtedly many cross-overs between studies of anticipation and futures, our interest in this CFP is in addressing the key gap in published literature on the question of teaching time studies and critical time studies (Huebener 2015).
As a result, we are inviting contributions to an ongoing forum section on Teaching Time throughout our 30th anniversary year. We are inviting both well-known and emerging scholars to share their reflections on the delivery methods, strategies, course design and assessment methods that they have employed to explore time with their students, including how time is conceptualised in this pedagogical work. We would love to hear about all related issues, for example, the innovative assignments that have worked well and might be adopted by others; how a time studies ‘canon’ is created, challenged and transformed; approaches for introducing a field to students who may never have thought about time since they were taught to read a clock in early childhood (Birth 2017: x-xi); or how students been enabled to provincialize their own temporal understandings and put them into dialogue with others. What hasn’t worked, or what risks have been uncovered in your teaching approaches? What methods have been used to collect evidence that these methods are working as hoped? Also welcome are reflections on institutional issues such as where these courses best sit, how students are attracted and what support might be developed for wider education in time studies. Finally, we also invite work that troubles the framing we have set up here and pushes us to think otherwise.
Put more succinctly questions these forum contributions may address include:
• How are scholars supporting the training and development of postgraduate students in time studies?
• What is the nature of the canon that is being created to teach time studies and what are its limitations and potential areas for future development?
• What forms of pedagogic practice are being developed to nurture temporal reflexivity?
• How is the teaching of time studies being mediated – what tools, materials and resources are being used?
Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis for publication in our 2022 issues (last submission by 1 August 2022) and will be reviewed by Michelle Bastian and Keri Facer. Suggested word limits are around 2000-4000 words and we recommend that those interested in submitting contact us first (
michelle.bastian [at] ed.ac.uk or Keri.Facer [at] bristol.ac.uk ) with a short query to see if the topic is a good fit for the section.
The Barcelona Time Use Initiative for a Healthy Society have been running many exciting events looking at how research on time use could be better integrated into policy decisions, and society more widely. Two great events happening next month include their Time Use Week and the 43rd International Association for Time Use Research Conference. Click the links to sign up for online events and find out more about what the group have been up to.
Specific temporalities: territorial futures between practices and knowlewdge
Organized by the 'collettivo epidemia'.
The panel aims to explore the capacities for adaptation, recognition and negotiation between collectives and the landscape (especially with the entities that inhabit it). As Gramsci reminds us – moments of crisis facilitate the death of the old but slow the arrival of the new. Within the relationship between interpretation of environmental transformations and processes of territorialization, we are interested in exploring practices of constructing possible futures, particularly those underlying the understanding of new symbolic values of the territory that include non-human entities within the perspectives of more-than-human worlds (Papadopoulos 2018).
EXPERIENCES OF TIME
First and foremost, we deem essential investigations that focus on the lived and embodied experience of time (Lefebrve 2004), guided by an approach that looks to the future as ‘present future’, that is, rooted in the present as a poietic even more than symbolic dimension. In other words, we are not asked only to think or reflect on the future, but to do so through those practices that in the present, according to Mandich, are reconnected to the concept of ‘practical anticipation’, understood as the ordinary experience of concern and immersion in what’s forth-coming (Bourdieu 1997).
We also consider of particular interest the community experiences that through practices implement a reconfiguration of the relationship between humans and non-humans (understood as the ‘relationship of care’ described by Maria Pluig de la Bellacasa), advocating for a resemantization of the relationship between value and economic nature. We are interested in exploring how the inclusiveness of non-humans within the imaginative and aspirational capacity of territorial realities passes through practice, capable of disrupting anthropocentric visions of the future. This means bringing attention to the “temporal rhythms of more-than-human worlds,” focusing on the imagination and materialization of futures that “are obscured or marginalized as unproductive in the dominant futuristic thrust.”
COLLECTIVE PATHS OF KNOWLEDGE
As well as material practices, knowledge in the making can guide a process of reterritorialization that has a symbiotic relationship with non-humans.While the most recent perspectives of academic relevance (more-than-human ontologies, human-soil relations and politics of care) may be the focus of this discussion, reflecting on future projections regarding knowledge means questioning in particular the ways in which ‘oracular power’ (Mcgoey 2019, 2021). is produced -that is, how non-humans can counteract the phenomena of strategic ignorance imposed by technoscientific forms of hegemony.
The panel accepts presentations and perspectives from research -also in progress- that investigate the future as an outcome of thinking-with nonhuman entities, through practices and through knowledge, in the way that eco-ethical obligations in the Anthropocene call for an intensification of engagement in the making of time for specific temporalities (Bonifacio and Vianello 2020).
Temporalities of urban natures: imaginaries, narratives, and practices
Workshop Series 2021-22
Organisers: Lucilla Barchetta (Università Iuav di Venezia) & Mathilda Rosengren (Malmö Universitet)
Keynote speakers: Bianca Maria Rinaldi (Politecnico di Torino); Henriette Steiner (Københavns Universitet); Sandra Jasper (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
The search for viable avenues for multispecies coexistence is fast becoming a defining feature of the Anthropocene. Only in the past year, the concurrent emergencies of climate change and SARSCov2 have underscored the intimate relations between human-shaped environments and the disastrous deterioration of once thriving ecosystems. As such, more-than-human appropriations of urban space illuminate both complex challenges and potential solutions to a sustainable co-existing in the Anthropocene city.
In this context, the workshop series seeks to explore how different temporal entanglements structure, affect, and co-produce urban landscapes of the Anthropocene city through three overlapping thematic approaches (narratives, imaginaries, and practices).
We invite urban nature scholars across the social sciences, the humanities, and the fields of arts and architecture – with a regional expertise on Northern Italy, the Öresund region, or Eastern Germany – to reflect on the temporalities of urban nature over the course of three connected workshops in Venice (Università Iuav di Venezia), Malmö (Malmö Universitet), and Berlin (Georg-Simmel-Center for Metropolitan Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) respectively. We particularly encourage submissions that display strong empirical engagements with the regions in question.
Each workshop will be run in a hybrid format (in person and online) to accommodate for potential travel and gathering restrictions caused by the pandemic. In the spirit of building and maintaining conversations around the series, papers will be selected according to both the relevance of the proposed topic and the applicant’s capacity to participate in each of the three workshops (online or in person). The whole series will be held in English.
Please send an abstract (300 words maximum plus 3 keywords) and a short bio (100 words maximum) to firstname.lastname@example.org, by the 15 June 2021, stating which workshop you wish to present at (Venice, Malmö, or Berlin) and if you foresee any challenges in attending any of the workshop sessions (whether in person or online).
For the full CfP and workshop thematic and structure visit our website: https://urban-nature-temporalities.com/
Direct any queries to email@example.com.
The workshop has been made possible by a Seminar Series Award from the Urban Studies Foundation (read more about it here).
Abstract deadline: 15 June 2021
Notifications of abstract proposals: 2 July 2021
1st workshop: Venice - 23-24 September 2021
2nd workshop: Malmö - 25-26 March 2022
3rd workshop: Berlin - 24-25 June 2022
This year Loughborough University will be hosting a series of interdisciplinary events exploring time and temporality, which begin with a virtual forum entitled 'Spacetime and Chronotope – How Disciplines Conceptualise Time' on Friday 27th November, 2.30-5pm. To mark this, Radar - the University's contemporary art programme - has commissioned a unique virtual performance of the time-based work 'An Hour' by Alison Ballard and Martin Lewis, from 12.45-2.15pm.
Details on the workshop can be found at: https://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/ias/news-events/events/2020/nov/iastimethemelaunch/
Details on 'An Hour' can be found at: https://radar.lboro.ac.uk/events/an-hour/
Call for Contributions to a Special Issue of Early Popular Visual Culture (Taylor & Francis):
“Representing and Seeing Time Before 1930”
Just as it is clear that temporalities are historically contingent and socially and culturally constructed, it is also clear that time has taken different guises in the past and particularly in popular visual culture. Although scholars differ in dating the origins of popular visual culture, much of its development coincided with epochal transformations in timekeeping and time awareness itself. From roughly the eighteenth century onward, the form and content of widely circulated, often mechanically reproduced, images and objects reflected a growing global preoccupation with clock time, deep geological time, historical time, and other temporal modes. While scholars of early popular visual culture have examined the ways in which specific media have embodied and represented new ideas and practices of time, the same question is asked more rarely of popular visual culture before 1930. To what extent were the temporal manipulations of photography and cinema enmeshed or reflect in less quintessentially “modern” media such as engravings and theatre? What was the effect on visual culture of the increasing ubiquity, mechanization, and standardization of time prior to high modernism in the arts and the discovery of relativity in the sciences? Did it register as presence or absence, or a mixture of the two in popular visual culture? How was time re-imagined, produced, and consumed in museums, popular magazines, vaudeville theatres, advertisements, and other popular media? What was the effect on coalescing temporal modalities of increasingly ubiquitous forms of popular visual culture?
The peer-reviewed journal Early Popular Visual Culture seeks original research contributions on these and related questions for an interdisciplinary special issue, “Representing and Seeing Time Before 1930,” to be edited by Justin T. Clark (Assistant Professor of History, Nanyang Technological University) and Alexis McCrossen (Professor of History, Southern Methodist University). Potential topics include, but are by no means limited to: time-notation in print and material culture (e.g. illustrated calendars, almanacs, and holiday cards); representations and exhibitions of natural history and antiquity; mechanical timekeeping and its artifacts; images of urban and environmental transformation; visual memorials and commemorations; representations of death and dying; instantaneity and non-instantaneity in photography and other media; serial or non-linear visual narratives (theater, film, comics, etc.); techniques of temporal representation across media; speculative visualizations of time travel and the future; and depictions of aging and the life cycle.
Prospective contributors should submit abstracts of 250-500 words to https://bit.ly/2SIqSXa before January 15, 2021. Illustrations are encouraged. Drafts of 5,000-10,000 words will be due in August 2021, and publication is tentatively scheduled for August 2022.
Justin Tyler Clark, Assistant Professor of History, Nanyang Technological University
Alexis McCrossen, Professor of History, Southern Methodist University
WAIT - Waiting for an uncertain future: the temporalities of irregular migration
The WAIT project has focused on the temporal aspects of migration and investigated how temporal structures related to irregular migration are shaped by legal regimes, cultural norms and power relationships, and how they shape subjective experiences and life projects. The project adds a temporal perspective to dominant spatial approaches in migration studies, and advances theories of temporality in the humanities and social sciences. Waiting has been scrutinized ethnographically in four European migration-hubs: Oslo, Stockholm, Marseille, and Hamburg, and analytically through targeted theoretical tasks. Waiting as an analytical perspective offers new insights into the complex and shifting nature of processes of bordering, belonging, state power, exclusion and inclusion, and social relations in irregular migration. The conference will be held on the platform Zoom, and it's now possible to register your participation.
At the closing conference, core researchers and network partners present their research. Speakers include: Bridget Anderson, Nicholas De Genova, Kari Anne Klovholt Drangsland, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Randi Gressgård, Christine Jacobsen, Helge Jordheim, Marry-Anne Karlsen, Shahram Khosravi, Odin Lysaker, Sandrine Musso, Gregor Noll, Jessica Schultz, Jo Vearey, Sarah Willen, Katerina Rozakou, Johannes Machinya and Frode Eick.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE PROGRAMME AND REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE
Mobility, Time & Political Possibility
Deconstructed diasporic workshop
New School for Social Research
Loren B Landau
University of Oxford & Witwatersrand
Mobility, Time and Political Possibilities is a year-long virtual writing workshop running from early 2021 and culminating in an in-person even in early 2022. We envisage a small, but committed group of scholars meeting monthly, in camera, to share and critically engage each other’s work-in-progress, on a rotating basis. Our aim is to produce a provocative interdisciplinary edited volume or special issue, via a collaborative and iterative process.
The regulation of human mobility via the use of time has attracted much recent scholarly attention. Much of this work is concerned with waiting, stoppage, deferral and delay as disciplinary techniques or by-product. Rarely is time and its manipulation framed as a form of elusion or liberation. Less often still, is the time at stake in these techniques, itself submitted to critical inquiry. Does waiting, for example, imply an interruption, and sometimes a form of injustice, only because of assumptions about the progressive direction in which time is expected to flow? Distinguishing specific measures of time from the notion of temporalities – that is, ways of knowing and ordering time - opens up a larger set of questions about space-time parameters according to which mobilities are governed, and futures are imagined and desired. How might processual, quantum, Indigenous or other ways of conceptualizing time be brought to bear on thinking about mobility and its horizons?
Our intention is not to produce an almanac of the miserable: a series of studies into forms of waiting or frustrated futures manifested across the globe. Rather, it is to consider how temporal forms of exclusion, alienation, marginalisation and manipulation underlie governance –broadly conceived – and open possibilities for transforming political futures.
On one hand, we are interested in the imbrication of time and temporality with mechanisms for racialisation, spatialization, expropriation, displacement and extraction. This includes attending to how states deploy time (and its miscounting) to police national boundaries by developing legal manoeuvres that separate the chronological advancement of the clock from the counting of time under the mantle of the law. By pegging rights to specific legal statuses, and counting the time of different statuses differently, states can suspend, slow down, or speed up chronological time in order to exclude, delay, or (conversely) hasten the inclusion of particular non-citizen residents The politically strategic use of time is not only about control of mobility per se, but also about naming, categorizing, and emplacing in temporal terms (as advanced or backwards, primitive, or modern for example). On the other hand, we want to consider how time and temporality intersect with resistance, critique and the cultivation of alternative political formations, including modes of hospitality and welcome, political community, and justice.
How do plural temporalities provide new reference points from which to examine the forms of power at stake in questions of mobility and from which to signal other kinds of mobile aspirations beyond integration into progressive/developmental futures. If time is a discipline, what forms of ill-discipline do multi-temporalities create? How might they operate as forms of intentional or de facto resistance, deploying, what Lefebvre calls polyrhythmicity that makes governing more difficult? Or that generates what Deleuze and Guattari label ‘nomadic power’? How do varied spatio-temporal conceptions of the political present open or curtail the possibility of collective mobilization? What subjects emerge at these points of intersection and disjuncture? What kinds of maps might be drawn to capture the intersection of space, time and mobility imagined and experienced in other ways? What visual and aesthetic vocabularies might be deployed for the same purpose? What histories might inform this openness to temporalities in play? What methodologies are needed to investigate them? Where, when and how do we focus our inquiries?
The goal is a collection that is both conceptually and methodologically provocative: outlining new themes, approaches, and considerations for the socio-spatial and political study of human mobility.
Those interested in participating are requested to submit a 500-750 word abstract by 19 October 2020. A committee will assess the abstracts and provide potential participants additional details in early November 2020. As an interdisciplinary workshop, we welcome participants from across the social sciences working from all methodological and theoretical perspectives. We particularly encourage submissions from emerging scholars and people working in and on sites outside Europe and North America.
All abstracts and queries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Papers
International Society for the Study of Time (ISST)
Eighteenth Triennial Conference
June 26-July 1, 2022 / Yamaguchi, Japan
Time and Measure
Proposals (300 words) due by August 15, 2021
The ISST, renowned for its interdisciplinary scope, invites scientists, scholars, artists and
practitioners to explore questions concerning Time and Measure at its 18th Triennial Conference
to be held in collaboration with the Research Institute of Time Studies (RITS) at Yamaguchi
University in South-Western Japan. Our format of plenary presentations delivered over four days
creates a sustained discussion among participants. We thus expect participants to register for the
entirety of the conference. We shall take a day off mid-conference and provide participants a
choice of time-related excursions in the Yamaguchi area, the site of crucial events at various
turning points in Japanese history .
Because of worldwide uncertainty brought about by the pandemic, we shall be considering
whether and how we may allow for online conference participation. Further information will
For its 2022 Triennial, the ISST wishes to instigate discussion of all the kinds of temporal
measure—both quantitative and qualitative—which are the work of our different professional
disciplines and some of which may also prove to be cross-disciplinary. When asked about time
and its measure, most people would think of clocks: an even progression of numbers. This view
goes back to Aristotle’s definition of time (in Physics IV) as “the count [arithmos] of changing in
respect of before and after.” As recent events have made us aware, however, times of crisis may
require other measures. Political crises or a crisis like the pandemic seem to impose their own
measure of time. Crisis thus throws into relief the fact that not all times are equal—something
that musicians, strategists and physicians have always known; these professionals and others
have had to develop their own systems of taking time’s measure–some dependent on clocks,
--time, measure, money and generosity
--history as the measure or mismeasure of time
--the measurement of public vs individual time
--tense/aspect, mood, person and voice in languages
--measurement as determining our understanding of the measured
--the limits of measuring time
Guidelines/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. (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 August 15,
2021, with acceptances communicated by December 15, 2021. The Society also seeks session
chairs, whose names will be included on the printed conference program.
We are pleased to announce a call for papers for our next Temporal Belongings conference - The Material Life of Time, which will be taking place on the 15th-17th March 2021. You can find full details of the call, including information on how to submit here.
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