Call for Editorial Board Members
Time & Society was established in 1992 to publish high quality and innovative articles on the study of time. It is an interdisciplinary journal that publishes articles, reviews and scholarly comment that make original contributions to our understandings of the relationship between time, temporality and social life. We publish work that contributes to research across the arts, humanities and social sciences, particularly that which draws varying approaches, methods, theories and/or empirical work into conversation. Critiques of, and proposals for, time-related aspects of public, social, economic, environmental and organisational policies are also of interest. Our work focuses on questions that shape the nature and scope of the broad field of time studies, as well as those that address how time studies challenges norms, methods and assumptions within more traditional disciplines and wider contexts.
In 2019 the journal will be undergoing a number of changes. This includes the appointment of a new editor-in-chief, Dr Michelle Bastian (Edinburgh) who will be replacing Professor Hartmut Rosa (Jena). We will also be growing the scope of the journal, moving to four journal issues each year (including special issues and special sections) from our previous three.
As part of these exciting changes, we are renewing our editorial board and are seeking individuals at all career stages who wish to take an active role in the life of Time & Society. We are interested in recruiting board members with the relevant expertise from across the arts, humanities and social sciences. In particular, Time & Society is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive Editorial Board that can help guide and shape the journal so that it reflects a breadth of experiences within academia and wider society.
We ask that Editorial Board members help guide the journal by:
We expect that editorial board members commit to a five-year term, with the possibility of renewal. We aim to have new members in place by January 2019.
To apply please fill in this form (https://goo.gl/forms/hg24sHVtxcAumINB3) including a 700 word statement of interest, and also email a 2-pg CV (minimum font 12) to Robert Helbig (email@example.com) by the 30th of November 2018.
The new Editorial Board members will be selected by the Editors, with reference to the following criteria:
If you have any questions please contact Michelle Bastian (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Robert Hassan (email@example.com).
Two Phd Research Fellowships have been advertised as part of the Lifetimes: A Natural History of the Present project lead by Helge Jordheim. Applications due 23rd of November.
From the job advertisement:
The first PhD position will focus on how lifetimes are being constructed and deployed at the interface between science communication, popular science, and popular culture and are linked to political agendas, strategies and tactics. The successful applicant should have background in Cultural History, STS (Science and Technology Studies), History of Science, Media History or related methods of enquiry, and should be able to work also with Norwegian sources. The leading question for this project will be how the vocabularies of climate change enter into political discourse by way of various popular genres and modes. Prior fieldwork or research experience in the field will be a plus.
The second PhD project will focus specifically on science fiction dealing with climate change, such as climate fiction (“cli-fi”), ecofiction or anthropocene fictions, and how climate change discourses give shape to visions of the future. The successful applicant should have a background in Literature, Visual Culture Studies, Environmental Humanities or similar fields. The project should explore how variations in different climate change affected futures – postapocalyptic landscapes, ruins etc. – depend on geography, ethnicity or cultural identity and might contain a comparative element.
For full details see: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/159219/two-doctoral-research-fellowships-sko-1017
CFP: A crisis in ‘coming to terms with the past’? At the crossroads of translation and memory
1-2 February 2019
Senate House, London
Over the past decade, a particular notion of ‘coming to terms with the past’, usually associated with an international liberal consensus, has increasingly been challenged. Growing in strength since the 1980s, this consensus has been underpinned by the idea that difficult historical legacies, displaced into the present, and persisting as patterns of thought, speech and behaviour, needed to be addressed through a range of phenomena such as transitional justice, reconciliation, and the forging of shared narratives to ensure social cohesion and shore up democratic norms. Such official and international memory practices tended to privilege top-down cosmopolitan memory in an attempt to counter the bottom-up, still antagonistic memories associated with supposedly excessive effusions of nationalism. In a context of the global rise of populist nationalisms and of uncertainty linked by some politicians to migration, this tendency is increasingly being challenged, capitalizing on populist memory practices evident since the 1980s and creating what might be seen as a crisis in this liberal approach to ‘coming to terms with the past’.
Yet rather than rejecting a politics based on such ‘coming to terms’, new political formations have in fact increasingly embraced it: a growing discourse of white resentment and victimhood embodied in the so-called ‘Irish slave myth’, the wide visibility of the 'History Wars' controversy in Australia, legislation such as the Polish ‘Holocaust Bill’, or the withdrawal of African states from the International Criminal Court are evidence of the increasing impact of a new politics underpinning memory practices, and reveal the ways in which diverse populist and nationalist movements are mobilizing previous tropes. Moreover, these new memory practices increasingly have their own alternative internationalisms too, reaching across or beyond regions in new transnational formations, even as they seemed to reverse the earlier ‘cosmopolitan’ functions of memorialization.
Scholars have for a time noted a renaissance of these memory politics in various regions, but an interconnected globally-aware account of this shift remains elusive. Building on an ongoing dialogue between two AHRC themes, Care for the Future and Translating Cultures, we aim to bring together the approaches of both translation and memory scholars to reflect on the transnational linkages which held a liberal coming-to-terms paradigm together, and to ask whether this is now in crisis or undergoing significant challenges. The event will reflect also on the ways in which institutions such as museums, tourist sites or other institutions are responding to the emergence of these new paradigms.
The conference seeks to historicize and chart the translations, networks and circulations which underpin these new memory paradigms of nationalist and/or populist movements across a range of political, cultural and linguistic contexts, welcoming contributions that chart its ideological origins and growth in transnational terms; address the ways it draws on techniques and tropes of former paradigms; analyse its relationship to new ideological formations based on race, nationalism and gender; and chart its current international or transnational formations.
Scholars might reflect on these themes in terms of:
The conference is jointly organised by two Arts and Humanities Research Council themes: Care for the Future: Thinking Forward through the Past, which affords an opportunity for researchers to explore the dynamic relationship that exists between past, present, and future through a temporally inflected lens, and Translating Cultures, studying the role of translation in the transmission, interpretation, transformation and sharing of languages, values, beliefs, histories and narratives.
Proposals of no more than 300 words, and a short CV, should be sent to Eva.Spisiakova@liverpool.ac.uk by 15 November 2018.
Funding opportunities for travel and accommodation are available, but we ask that potential contributors also explore funding opportunities at their home institutions.
Time/ Le temps
Symposium of the International Medieval Society, Paris Paris, 8–10 July /juillet 2019
Call for Papers:
“What is time?” asked St. Augustine. “Who can comprehend this even in thought so as to articulate the answer in words? Yet what do we speak of, in our familiar everyday conversation, more than of time?”
From the diverse reckoning of historical dates to the calculation of the date of Easter and the elaboration of the liturgical calendar, medieval scholars counted time. The movement of the bodies in the night sky allowed medieval viewers to calculate the hour, and so did such instruments as the sundial, the water clock, the candle clock, and eventually the mechanical clock. Architects, sculptors, illuminators, and artisans strove to represent time iconographically in different media, and complex programs of images employed allegorical or anagogical relations in order to interweave narratives. Narrative writers experimented with ways to represent the passage of time and organize narrative action, while lyric poets used patterned repetition to turn time back on itself. In the domain of musical notation, late medieval theorists developed different ways of indicating rhythm, a phenomenon whose absence from earlier notation, such as that of vernacular monophony, has inspired debat!
es among modern scholars.
In the medieval monastic context, time consisted of nested cycles that determined daily, monthly, and annual practice by building concrete associations between time and types of labor, reading, and eating. In this, time not only corresponded to, but was a feature of, a material world that could be transcended through contemplation. For their part, philosophers and theologians reflected on the points of articulation between different temporalities: the linear and finite time of human life, the cyclical time of the liturgy, the eschatological time of Salvation.
Today, historians ask with Jacques Le Goff, “Must we chop up history into slices?,” and some question the traditional period markers that separate Antiquity from the Middle Ages and the Middle Ages from the Renaissance, as well as the effects of that periodization for conceptualizing the historical object.
How, therefore, can we best reflect on duration, on the event, on the moment? How can we reflect on the experience of time’s dilation, or of its depth?
For its 16th annual symposium, the International Medieval Society Paris invites scholarly papers on any aspect of time in the Middle Ages. Papers may deal with the experience or exploitation of time, its reckoning or measuring, its inscription, its theorization, or the question of how or why or whether we should demarcate the “Middle Ages.” Papers focusing on historical or cultural material from medieval France or post-Roman Gaul, or on texts written in medieval French or Occitan, are particularly encouraged, but compelling papers on other material will also be considered.
The annual symposium of the International Medieval Society Paris is an interdisciplinary, international, bilingual meeting of faculty, researchers, and advanced graduate students. We welcome submissions in French or English from art history, musicology, studies of ritual or liturgy, history of dance, literature, linguistics, philosophy, theology, anthropology, history, history of science and technology, or archaeology.
An abstract of no more than 300 words (in French or English) for a paper of 20 minutes should be sent, along with a CV, to firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> by 30 November 2018. Abstracts will receive a preliminary blind review before the final selection and should give a clear idea of the topic and anticipated argument of the paper. Presenters will be notified of their selection in January 2019.
IMS-Paris Graduate Student Prize:
The IMS-Paris is pleased to offer one prize for the best paper proposal by a graduate student. Applications should consist of:
1) a symposium paper abstract
2) an outline of a current research project (PhD dissertation research)
3) the names and contact information of two academic referees The prize-winner will be selected by the board and a committee of honorary members, and will be notified upon acceptance to the Symposium. An award of 350€ to support international travel/accommodation (within France, 150€) will be paid at the symposium.
Call for Papers
The 3rd Peaceful Coexistence Colloquium, 13-14 June 2019, University of Helsinki
AFTER THE ANTHROPOCENE: TIME AND MOBILITY
Sooner or later, the Earth will reach the end of ‘the Anthropocene’. As the effects of changing climatic regimes impose greater effects on earthbound habitation and ways of being in the present geological epoch known, we would like to consider how humans and/or socio-nature might and should respond. Could we, for example, imagine a time after the Anthropocene, when humans would no longer be the dominant species on the planet? And if so, what would this imply to social organisation? Could we consider the notion of the ‘late Anthropocene’ relevant for discussing the present when humanity – albeit in different place-specific ways – is forced to adapt in radical ways to the challenges that it faces?
Scholarly debate to date has paid relatively little attention to this space-time. Instead, the discussion continues to revolve around questions such as when the human-dominated epoch began; what to call it; who or what is to blame for it; and how might we respond to it in the immediate future. While these questions certainly deserve consideration, effort should also be aimed at questions of how the Anthropocene might come to an end (as a discourse and as an epoch); what post-Anthropocene might look like; and what this might signify for organizing social change, and/or caring for the non-human nature?
In this colloquium, we focus on questions of time and mobility, insofar as these concepts enrich our understandings of what comes after the Anthropocene and how to exit the Anthropocene. Organizers seek workshops, artistic interventions, and academic presentations, and innovative sessions that explore time and mobility after the Anthropocene. In relation to time and/or mobility, possible topics are:
Just as the Anthropocene marked a global matter-energetic shift, the end of the human epoch also marks significant changes in the deep geological time of the Earth’s history. Different temporal perspective and rhythms might well play a role in how the time after the Anthropocene will unfold. There is a need to begin to conceive time not only in anthropocentric terms, but more holistically, e.g. in terms of rocks. Thus, instead of merely seeking to save the world for future human generations, consideration and care for other animals, plants, and rocks – constituents of the Earth – open up a different time horizon.
A possibility is that the on-going mass movement of people and other earthbound beings will both be an outcome and reason for the new epoch. Furthermore, the travel of earthbound beings beyond the boundaries of Earth –the exploitation of space, is an issue calling for critical reflection. And the mobility of deep geological formations of the Earth merits consideration as well; the movement of lithospheric plates has historically changed the course of life on the planet in a remarkable way. The trouble of moving, living and dying together in the late Anthropocene necessarily brings about new practical and theoretical questions of power, as the recent formulations of ‘geopower’, for instance, cogently demonstrate.
If you would like to present your work at the colloquium, please send an extended abstract of 800-1000 words by 30 January 2019 to the coordinator Toni Ruuska (firstname.lastname@example.org). Also in case you have any questions about the meeting, please do not hesitate to contact. More information about the colloquium is available at https://www.helsinki.fi/en/conferences/the-3rd-peaceful-coexistence-colloquium.
Please distribute this call to your friends and colleagues. Many thanks already in advance – hoping to see you in Helsinki!
On behalf of the Organising and Scientific Committees
Pasi Heikkurinen | D.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.)
Lecturer in Business and Sustainable Change | Marie Curie Research Fellow |
Business and Organisation for Sustainable Societies (BOSS) Research Group Director | PCC Colloquium Chair
Sustainability Research Institute | School of Earth and Environment (room 10.118)
University of Leeds | LS2 9JT, Leeds | United Kingdom
P.Heikkurinen@Leeds.ac.uk | 0044(0) 113 34 39631 | Skype pasiheikkurinen
CFP AAG 2019, Washington, D.C.
Uncertainties and Temporalities of Environmental Data
This session seeks papers grappling with the ethical, methodological, and theoretical complexities of digitally available environmental data. Environmental data are powerful, justifying the (in)actions of governments, communities, and corporations to address big, complex, and seemingly intractable environmental problems. Data has long been understood as a necessary means for highlighting and addressing environmental problems, helping to materialize issues as topics worthy of intervention and if and how they should be remediated (Nash, 2006; Murphy, 2006). More recently, spatially referenced, open, and accessible environmental data is being made available by and for activists, citizen scientists, government agencies, companies, and others, often with different objectives and interests. For some, such data and data visualization tools provide means of documenting pollution and environmental injustices in the absence of adequate or trustworthy government attention; for others, such tools seek to tame the uncertainty and complexity that characterize contemporary environmental problems; for others still, the emphasis on generating more and more accurate data as a means of mobilizing action obscures the need for forms of politics and activism that work outside the demands of institutional recognition (Liboiron et al. 2018). Thus, data offers both the potential for a different politics but also can be a mechanism of its foreclosure.
While there is a power in being able to show where, it is equally important to consider how these data represent when. These data have geography but also temporality. Exposure to environmental pollution - and how it is experienced - requires us to think differently about the passage and recording of time, where the consequences of being exposed to pollution may be acute or may unfold years after exposure. Critical data scholars, among them geographers, have shown how data collection and its curation reflect particular world views, and are limited in their ability to show particular kinds of relationships over place and time; these critiques complement geographers’ renewed interest in complexities of time and toxicities, exemplified by attention to non-linearity, differing temporalities of exposure, and the uncertainties produced by the long durée and legacies of toxic exposure (Murphy, 2013; Mah; 2017; Guthman and Mansfield, 2013; Davies, 2018). As environmental data – and data infrastructures to store and represent it – are increasingly leveraged as a solution and response to environmental problems, what legacies and relations are both made visible and obscured by data? In this session, we return to questions of how we conceive of, categorize, leverage, and, in some cases, rebut the proliferation of environmental data. We seek papers that struggle with the ethical, methodological, and theoretical complexities of digitally available environmental data, particularly through concepts of uncertainty and time.
Please send a title and abstract of 250 words to Arielle Hesse (email@example.com), Patrick Bresnihan (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jim White (email@example.com) by Oct. 23rd .
Davies T (2018): Toxic Space and Time: Slow Violence, Necropolitics, and Petrochemical Pollution, Annals of the American Association of Geographers
Mah A (2017) Environmental justice in the age of big data : challenging toxic blind spots of voice, speed, and expertise, Environmental Sociology, 3(2): 122-133.
Guthman J and Mansfield B (2013) The implications of environmental epigenetics: A new direction for geographic inquiry on health, space, and nature-society relations. Progress in Human Geography 37(4): 486–504.
Liboiron M, Toroni M, Calvillo N (2018) Toxic politics:Acting in a permanently polluted world, Social Studies of Science 48(3): 331- 249.
Murphy M (2006) Sick building syndrome and the problem of uncertainty: Environmental politics, technoscience, and women workers. Duke University Press.
Murphy M (2013) Chemical Infrastructures of the St Clair River. In Boudia, S. & Jas, N. Toxicants, Health and Regulation since 1945. London: Pickering and Chatto.
Nash L (2006) Inescapable Ecologies: A History of Environment, Disease, and Knowledge. Berkley: University of California Press.
CFP: Exhaustion, endurance and living on…
Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Washington DC, 03-07 April 2019
Session Organisers: Leila Dawney (University of Brighton) and Thomas Jellis (University of Oxford)
Recent critical literature focuses on the way in which we are ground down by barbarisms: by the biopolitical modes of abandonment that confound us and block us at every turn; by the snares of cruel optimism. These forms of late capitalist violence are described as slow and attritional (Nixon 2011; Baraitser 2017), wearing us down until we no longer have the capacity to imagine life otherwise. Or they debase us in addictive circuits that render us incapable of living on, where the human as it is currently formed has no capacity to thrive in a broken world (Gumbs 2018). The experiential modes through which this kind of violence occurs has been predominantly theorised in terms of exhaustion. Indeed, exhaustion is something that is increasingly attracting attention within the humanities and social sciences (Berlant 2011; Povinelli 2011; Fisher 2014; Pelbart 2015; Schaffner 2016; Chabot 2018), as well as within geography (Brigstocke 2016; Wilkinson and Ortega-Alcazar, forthcoming).
All too often, the response to exhaustion is simply to endure. This mode of response weighs down on us heavily: endurance as ‘living on’, as world-making in the context of structural and slow violences, or as simply being resilient in the face of it all. While geographies of endurance and exhaustion make visible enervating forms of contemporary power, we posit that more needs to be done to articulate precisely what is meant by such categories and to shed critical light on the concepts themselves.
This session addresses these concerns through the following questions: What does it mean to posit endurance as the means through which to live on? What are the temporalities that inform spaces of exhaustion and endurance? And what moral subtexts are at work in their demands to tolerate, withstand or make the best of? In addition, what forms of critique refuse these totalising narratives, and what figures or forms can be put to work to counter them?
As such, we invite papers on questions around:
Please send abstracts (250 words) and expressions of interest to L.Dawney@brighton.ac.uk and firstname.lastname@example.org by 22nd October 2018.
CALL FOR PAPERS: AAG 2019
Time, affect, and the political economy of space production
Dr Harry Pettit (Oxford University) email@example.com
Dr Mara Nogueira (LSE) firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission deadline: October 22, 2018
The starting point for this session is the premise that there is a need within Geography to develop a conceptual arsenal which can help analyse how affect/emotion and temporality play a role in the governance and contestation of space. Anthropologist Laura Bear (2017) recently called for the development of a 'critical political economy of capitalist time.' This requires, she goes on to explain, developing understandings of how time-maps, alongside certain affective and emotional formations, are assembled in ways that entrench capitalist relations and vectors of inequality.
In Geography, there is now a fledgling literature which looks at the way that particular temporal and emotional configurations are used to legitimise (or challenge) certain spatial transformations, both within and beyond cities, which entrench capitalist relations and political power; for example through the production of future danger, hope, or uncertainty (Zeiderman, 2016; Anderson, 2017; Tucker, 2017). We want to use this session as an opportunity to discuss how the discipline might further incorporate what is a now a huge body of literature on affect and temporality, and concepts such as atmosphere, or uncertainty, into a more thorough political economy approach. We therefore invite empirically-grounded papers which touch upon the following questions:
Key words: temporality, affect/emotion, spatial governance, capitalism, political economy
If you are interested, please submit a 250 word abstract to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by 22nd October.
CFP 18th Annual Conference of the Polish Phenomenological Association
Phenomenology of time and space
Warsaw, Staszic Palace, 7-8 December 2018
In association with
Deadline for submissions 15 October 2018
The goal of the conference is to rethink the fundamental phenomenological categories of time and space in their ontological, epistemological, and existential manifestations. We also aim at reviewing their contemporary relevance in various research fields inspired and affected by phenomenology (phenomenological psychology, anthropology, psychopathology, and cognitive science). How is lived experience of time and space connected to its transcendental backbone? How are time and space related to one another? Which secondary phenomena can be phenomenologically reduced to time and space? What can empirically oriented sciences gain from theoretical-phenomenological considerations on time and space? In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Antoni Kępiński (1918-1972), a major 20th-century Polish phenomenological psychiatrist, a session of phenomenological psychopathology of time and space will be held.
We welcome proposals of papers in the following themes:
Submissions should be in English, French, German, or Polish
The conference fee is 50 EUR (or 200 PLN) (coffee and refreshments are
Please send abstracts prepared for a blind review (max. 500 words) to:
The deadline for abstracts is 15th October 2018. Applicants will be notified shortly afterwards.
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