Community Connectivities/Temporal Belongings Workshop 20-21 June apps due 20 April

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Centre for Research in Socio-Cultural Change, University of Manchester

Community Connectivities/Temporal Belongings is a two day interdisciplinary workshop seeking to explore the interconnections between time and community, broadly conceived.

Broadly speaking, research on the problem of community has focused on the task of analysing, challenging and transforming how particular qualities or attributes (be it race, gender, sexuality, place, interest, affinity, history, class etc.) are constructed as being 'in common'. The interest of this workshop is to explore how time might be involved in the production of the 'in common' that defines who or what can be included in a community.

To support the development of a more co-ordinated research approach to the interconnections between time and community, the workshop will provide an opportunity for a broad range of researchers to explore how time is involved in the production, maintenance, complication, destruction and/or disavowal of connectivity within and between communities.

We are inviting applications from those who are already working on this topic or who are working on either community or time and would be interested in thinking through how their work might overlap. We also invite applications from those working within community organisations who would like to explore how questions about time, including, for example, memory, history, synchronicity and/or shared futures, arise within their work.

More details on the conference, including suggested themes and topics are available from

How to Apply
If you would like to participate please send a short outline of your interest in the topic and of your potential contribution (500 words max) along with a short CV. In order to get a sense of what kinds of approaches participants are utilising to explore this topic we would also ask you to include reference details for three works that have most influenced your thinking on time and community.

Applications are due no later than the 20th of April 2011. The list of participants will be confirmed in early May.

Contact: Michelle Bastian (, CRESC, University of Manchester