The moment of movements: the temporalities forged by the performances of politics
Kelly Fagan Robinson (University of Cambridge)
Ana Carolina Balthazar (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio))
Science Site/Chemistry CG218
Start time:
7 July, 2016 at 9:00
Session slots:

Short abstract:

Political movements offer diverse notions of time and space, shaped through the articulation and pursuance of political projects. This panel questions how political 'movers', through their discourses and praxis, produce particular temporalities in concert or in tension with expected time-space.

Long abstract:

Understanding political agency as an invocation of 'temporalising practices' (Munn 1992), this panel welcomes papers that address the specific notions of past, present and future forged by political movements. Through their discourses and praxis, political movements offer diverse notions of time shaped through the articulation and pursuance of political projects. These emergent temporalities may be made manifest in material space, for example by making the past present through the reassertion of relevance of 'past-times' items in new, transformative 'presents'. They may also be articulated by means of the bodies of the 'movers' themselves, who by virtue of their performances subvert expectations of particular time-spaces, and challenge hegemonic discourses and power structures. Here we hope to work with a broad definition of political movements, inclusive not only of political parties and governments, but also artists, activists, and other movers who consider themselves to be political agents. We also encourage speakers to discuss the implications of the potentially alternative temporal subjectivities generated by challenges to contemporary positions of power and dominant agendas, and how this impacts planning of futures. Here, particularly relevant although not exclusively, seems to be the pervasive and questionable notions of "multiculturalism" and "equality" advanced by many contemporary institutions. We question what kinds of subjects and temporalities such agendas include or exclude, and how these edits influence both political movements and the time-spaces they bring into being.