Digitally Queered Chronology: Movements of Transformation in Networked Time

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April Durham, University of California Riverside

For one panel of a three-panel series at the annual meeting of the Society for Science, Literature, and the Arts (SLSA), Dallas, Texas October 9-12, 2014.
From Pamela Lee's "Chronophobia" (2006) to J. Halberstam's "In a Queer Time and Place" (2005) to Timothy Scott Barker's "Time and the Digital" (2012), recognizing time as fluid, uneven, non-linear movements has been key to the development of a contemporary notion of historicity as it relates to subjectivity. Queering time for Elizabeth Freeman, in "Time Binds" (2010) involves simultaneously living the "real" time of history and the "queered" time of nightmarish affect engendered by traumatic experience. History becomes legible as a series of layered, technological processes, argues Barker, and as such, relationship between systems of narrative meaning-making become more and more situated, interactive, and performative. This panel will explore how emergence and distribution operate in complex orders of time that are never strictly opposed to normative notions of history and how these give rise to radical aesthetic practices, have the potential to restructure language and meaning-making practices, and constantly reimagine the ongoing practices of "care of the self." All theories and media welcome. Please send abstracts of 300 words to April Durham, PhD, by April 7th.