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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com.
Erin La Cour, Katja Kwastek, & Diederik Oostdijk
Should you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (email@example.com) and Bahar Sakizlioǧlu (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) and Kevin Surprise (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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