Beyond the Clock: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Time (15-16 March 2019)
Beyond the Clock: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Time
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
15-16 March 2019
Jimena Canales (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Stephen Kern (The Ohio State University)
The “Beyond the Clock” Symposium brings together scholars from the humanities and social sciences for two days of presentations and discussions on what might be called the third generation of temporality studies.
Before the 1990s, most scholars of temporality followed Weber, Durkheim, and Simmel in focusing on abstract, rationalized time as a unifying central force of modern social life and its cultural productions. In the 1960s, E.P. Thompson famously placed this force on historical footing by contrasting pre-modern task-oriented society with post-industrial timed-labor society. A generation later, Benedict Anderson envisioned an “empty, homogenous time” as the foundation of the modern nation state. These thinkers established the importance of rationalized time to modern labor practices, to the postcolonial social imagination, and to art and literature, among other scholarly concerns.
In the new millennium, historians, anthropologists, sociologists, philosophers, and literary scholars have pioneered more pluralistic approaches to time, challenging the assumption that a single model of time prevails in any given society or nation. In the last decade, scholars in particular have shifted their attention from rationalized and synchronous clock time to the mobile, compressed, and/or dilated time of the knowledge economy or the anthropocene. This new approach is evident across a staggering range of disciplines: critical theorists Harmut Rosa and Sarah Sharma’s consideration of the problem of “social acceleration,” sociologist Benjamin Snyder’s exploration of “flexible time” in the post-Taylorist workplace, engineer and historian of science Jimena Canales’ deconstruction of physics’ reliance on metaphorical clocks, and historian Stephen Kern’s re-examination of the “culture of time and space” in the electronic age. This symposium aims to bring these parallel social, cultural, and philosophical engagements into a collective conversation on time in its irrational, disparate, and fascinating forms.
Possible Topics May Include:
Time and (post)colonialism
Acceleration and its critics
Time, space, and the built and/or natural environment
Time, economics, and capital
Time, medium, and narrative
Time, immigration, and borders
Time and affect
Time, crisis, and risk
Time, science, and objectivity
Time and the senses
Embodied and experienced time
Please send a short bio and 250-word abstracts for individual papers (15-20 minutes) to Justin Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Kevin Riordan (email@example.com). Proposals will be considered on an ongoing basis from now until 14 September 2018.