Chronopolitics. Time of Politics, Politics of Time, Politicized Time

14.05.-16.05.2020, Konferenz, DHI London (ABGESAGT)

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Conference to be held at the German Historical Institute London 14-16 May 2020.
Convenors: Tobias Becker (GHIL), Christina Brauner (University of Tübingen) and Fernando Esposito (University of Konstanz);
organised in co-operation with the Arbeitskreis Geschichte+Theorie.

Time is so deeply interwoven with all aspects of politics that its importance is frequently overlooked: politics relies on time, timelines and timing; time can be an instrument and also a subject of politics. Clock time, summertime, calendars, working hours and leisure time impact everyday orders of time. Political actors use time as a resource as well as to legitimize or delegitimize policies and politics, for instance, when differentiating between conservatives and progressives or when constructing “primitives” existing outside of (modern) time as objects of civilizing missions, development aid and modernizing projects. More generally, politics aims at creating futures in the presence—or at preventing them from being created. The “politics of time” is strongly connected to the question, how social change is understood and managed.

The international, interdisciplinary conference “Chronopolitics: Time of Politics, Politics of Time, Politicized Time” engages with exactly these issues and interrelations. It aims to systematize the debates about chronopolitics, temporality and historicity and to bring together researchers working on these subjects. The emphasis on chronopolitics also connects traditional fields of historical inquiry—politics, society, economy—with the history of temporalities, showing, in this way, that it has relevance outside of its immediate subject. The conference also wants to trigger reflections how historiography and related disciplines are themselves producers of “characteristic images of history and temporal order“ (Charles Maier). Neither time nor history are ahistorical givens but are changeable and have their own histories and are thus in need of historical investigation.

The first panel “Synchronicity. The Simplification and Coordination of Time” is looks at the construction of non-synchronicities or temporalities of difference, while the second, “(Post)Colonial Temporalities, or: Pluritemporality”, exploes conflicts between colonial or Western and local temporal regimes, thus, trying to break up the eurocentrism that is also a chronocentrism. The third panel, “Ideological Temporalities from Communist to ‘Neoliberal’”, studies the transformation of ideological temporalities in the last third of the twentieth century focussing on (post-)communist and neoliberal temporalities. The fourth st panel, “A Tale of Many Historicities”, focusses on historicity as a specific form of temporality. It takes up the critique of a history in the singular, closely entangled with teleological narratives of modernisation and the call for pluritemporal histories.



Thursday, 14 May 2020

Arrival and Registration

Welcome and Introduction Christina von Hodenberg, Tobias Becker, Christina Brauner, Fernando Esposito

Keynote: Dipesh Chakrabarty: Anthropocene Time and the Clash of Geological and Human-Historical Time (via Skype)

Chair: Fernando Esposito

Panel 1: Synchronicity: The Simplification and Coordination of Time

Chair: Allegra Fryxell

Helge Jordheim: Realigning Time: The Politics of Timelines after the 22 July Attacks in Norway

Burak Onaran: Politics, Time and History in Turkey: A Case Study of the Coup d’État of 1960

Alexander Geppert: Synching the Planet on July 21, 1969

Keynote: Christopher Clark: Time, Power and History

Chair: Martin Sabrow


Friday, 15 May 2020

Panel 2: Ideological Temporalities from Communist to “Neoliberal”

Chair: Tim Neu

Juliane Brauer: The GDR as a Radical “Modern Regime of Historicity”

Marcus Colla: Time and Politics in the Age of Late Socialism

Adéla Gjuričová: Measuring the Tempo of Democracy: Time as an Element of Post-Communist Transformation

Benjamin Möckel: What has posterity ever done for us? “Future generations” in the political discourse of the 1970s

Elizabeth Cohen: The Political Value of Time

Panel 3: (Post-)colonial Temporalities, or: Pluritemporality

Chair: Benno Gammerl

Mirjam Hähnle: Multiple Layers of Temporality in 18th Century Travelogues about the Middle East

Alexandra Paulin-Booth: “Irregular Rhythm”: Time and Empire in Interwar France

Andrea Nicolas: Legacies of Time: Political Calendar-Charters and the History of Generations (Oromo/Ethiopia)

Keynote: Kathleen Davis, Timing the Secular

Chair: Nadia Altschul


Saturday, 16 May 2020

Panel 4: A Tale of Many Historicities

Chair: Daniel Morat

Fernando Esposito: Gleichzeitigkeiten or: Present Pasts

Ethan Kleinberg: The Pasts that Haunt Time: Deconstructing Historicist Temporality

Zoltán Boldizsár Simon: Is Time Still Historical? On Prospects of Unprecedented Change

Lecture and Final Discussion: Margarita Rayzberg, Blake Smith: Academic Chronopolitics: Failure, Fast and Slow

Chair: Christina Brauner, Tobias Becker

To register for the conference please write to Carole Sterckx (sterckx(at) Deadline: 30 April 2020. There is no conference fee. Only a limited number of seats are available.



Dr. Tobias Becker
German Historical Institute
17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NJ

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