Temporality: Stasis, Repetition, Transformation

Fall 2012

At a moment of economic, social, and political crisis this center theme asks after time: its organization and its social and political effects.  Concepts dependent on a theory of temporality stasis, change, life stages, eras, periodization, progression and regression, order, linearity, diachrony and synchrony, repetition, reiteration, duration, and rhythm are the building blocks of our contemporary social and cultural theory; time underpins our epistemological frameworks.  And, as scholars across the humanities, social sciences, and the natural sciences have demonstrated, time and temporality are intricately connected to space, to affect, to the body, to subjectivity, and to politics.  This theme brings together scholars in performance studies, feminist studies, media and film studies, queer studies, ethnic studies, anthropology, literary criticism, history, philosophy, art history, sociology, and cultural studies, and their overlapping yet distinct approaches to the critical study of time.  Within the broader field, we will focus on stasis, repetition, and transformation, examining the logics of stasis and repetition in relation to recent conceptions of subject formations and transformations.

All lectures begin at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted, and are held in Russell House, which is located at the corner of Washington and High streets.

September 10

Globalization and Time

Lynn Hunt, University of California, Los Angeles   GO

September 17

Chronopolitics of 19th-Century Displays of Difference

Lucian Gomoll, Andrew W Mellon Post-doctoral fellow, Wesleyan   GO

September 24

Cultural Trauma, National Memory:
BDSM Play with Slavery and Fascism

Margot Weiss, Wesleyan   GO

October 1

Saving the City

Elijah Huge, Wesleyan   GO

October 8

The Times We’re In

Robyn Wiegman, Duke University  GO

October 22

Remembering the Future

Karen Barad, University of California, Santa Cruz  GO

October 29

Temporality and Normativity

Joe Rouse, Wesleyan  GO

November 5

Racial Trauma and Triangulation
in Susan Choi’s The Foreign Student

Amy Tang, Wesleyan  GO

November 12

“Minerals Alone Escape It”: Mourning Time

Lisa Cohen, Wesleyan  GO

November 19

Latency as Origin of Our Present.
Conjectures about a New Social Construction of Time

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Stanford University  GO

November 26

Ten Digital Preludes

Tom Boellstorff, University of California, Irvine  GO

December 3

Law, Ornament, and the Quotidian Body

Anne Cheng, Princeton University  GO