CFP - Temporal experience and the ethics of time - IUAES Brazil July 2018

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Call for Papers
July 16, 2018 to July 20, 2018
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Anthropology, Cultural History / Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Sociology

IUAES - International Union of Anthropological and Ethnographic Sciences

16-20 July, 2018

Florianópolis, Brazil - Federal University of Santa Catarina

Panel Organizers: Ari Gandsman (University of Ottawa), Allan Dawson (Drew University)

Time’s Ethics: Temporal Experience as Moral Reckoning

Time is perhaps the most inescapable —yet difficult to capture and define—dimension of social existence and cultural reproduction. The phenomenological roots of anthropology challenges us to engage in our informant's temporal universes—yet this aspect of their lives is often overlooked. Anthropology has sought to distinguish time that is framed within our own productions—ethnography and history—as composed of discrete segments: years, centuries, epochs or periods of history marked by political or social upheavals such as colonialism versus time as it exists for our subjects conception of mythical or primordial periods or kin-rooted time that is dynamic and in flux but always remaking itself. Or more recent capitalist or modernist understandings of time have understood it largely in terms of acceleration and economic value, both in terms of past debt and anticipatory futures In such a way, temporal experience is deeply embedded in ethical assumptions, positions, and queries. In such a way, this panel wishes to combine the "ethical turn" in anthropology with attention to the "new temporalities." An ethics of time forces us to address how informants construct their own moral lives within meaningful temporal segments. In particular, we seek to examine how individuals conceive of future possibilities and both past and anticipatory events through an ethical lens and pay attention to the ethical dimension of temporal experience.

Interested Presenters should send a short (150 word) abstract to Ari Gandsman <> or Allan Dawson <> or submit to Open Panel 185 at this link:

Contact Info: 

Associate Professor Allan C. Dawson
Chair, Department of Anthropology
and Pan-African Studies
Chair, Global Education Faculty Advisory Group 
Drew University | 36 Madison Ave | Madison, NJ 07940

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