Time Warps - TAG-US 2010 Session
Sponsored by Brown University
Friday, April 30, 2010


Providence, RI
United States

CALL FOR PAPERS Session: Time Warps Organizers: Sarah Kautz and Shannon Lee Dawdy, University of Chicago Format: Workshop of pre-circulated brief papers Please send a brief abstract (250 word max) to: skautz@uchicago.edu or sdawdy@uchicago.edu by November 28, 2009 A bio/CV by way of introduction is optional. Abstract Clocks slay time... time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life. ~ William Faulkner Archaeologists often try to 'control' for time while conducting excavations or analysis of materials. What happens if we let go? This session invites a conversation about sites, contexts, artifacts, or landscapes that challenge linear chronologies. Practices such as recycling, heirlooming, antiquing, and renovation complicate 'pastness in the past' while experimental inventions, utopian projects, and theme parks can fastforward the longue durée or otherwise wrinkle the trajectory of 'progress'. Participants will be asked to draw on specific case studies to explore how we might capture ethnographic temporalities distinct from evolutionary time. Inspiration derives from the recent work of Gavin Lucas, Richard Bradley, Bruno Latour, and others, as well as the revival of Walter Benjamin, who demonstrated that even modern time does not fly in the straight line it proclaims.

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