Conference on Temporal Relations and Change
9 November 2010
The University of Manchester
Within any given society, people relate to time in different ways; temporal relations are multiple and simultaneously co-exist. This becomes particularly obvious in situations of socio-economic change where time and space become highly contested dimensions of social life. By focusing on temporality in our analysis of change we seek to critique transitional change, which is often conceptualised as teleological, requiring certain actions to be performed in order to achieve a desired socio-economic or political outcome. Such a conception of change imposes a notion of time that is singular and trajectorial and that signifies movement toward future progress. This understanding of time is not only of theoretical significance but also provides a framework for experiencing everyday life.
We propose to explore the potentiality of multiple, co-existing temporal relations within societies that have undergone or are currently undergoing profound change. Time has been theorised thus far from a variety of approaches that include a focus on its calendrical, cyclical quality, its repetitive or irreversible nature, its rhythm as being defined by either ‘natural’ or ‘social’ phenomena, amongst others. History, for instance, denotes a particular temporality characterised by linearity, long-term change and progress. We wish to question how a range of these aforementioned temporal relations, and others, may co-exist at any given instance. What can we learn about change by focusing on people’s relations to time?
We welcome papers based on ethnographic research in contexts that have been theorised as transition, including post- socialism, post-conflict, and post-colonialism. We are also interested in situations of change affecting technology, religion, kinship, violence, and the state amongst others.
This one-day conference will take place at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester, on 9 November 2010. Paper proposals should be a minimum of 250 words and submitted NO LATER THAN 20 SEPTEMBER. Proposals should also include affiliation (department and university) as well as full contact details. Notification of acceptance will be given to successful papers within one week. 3,000 word papers must be submitted by email by 25 October to facilitate the work of the discussants. Following the event, a publication from the proceeds of the conference will be considered.
Please submit your abstract by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Conference organisers: Aliaa Remtilla and Ainhoa Montoya, PhD candidates, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester
Principal discussant: Deema Kaneff, Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham