[Air-L] ACGS Conference: Where Are We Now? Temporalities of Globalisation

Thomas Poell Poell at uva.nl
Tue Mar 22 02:51:03 PDT 2016

Globalisation Research Priority Area
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Third Annual ACGS Conference

*Where Are We Now? Temporalities of Globalisation*

*Amsterdam, 15-16 December 2016*

Confirmed speakers: Amy Allen (Pennsylvania State University), Louise
Amoore (Durham University), Rolando Vazquez (Utrecht University)

Globalisation is often seen as a single process, unfolding in a single
timeframe that serves as a universal measure. This synchronic, or perhaps
better still, monochronic conception of globalisation’s temporality creates
problematic distinctions between the ‘contemporary’ and the ‘archaic’,
between the ‘modern’ and the ‘traditional’ and between globalisation’s GMT
and cultures, subjects and areas that are seen to remain out of time. Such
a vision of the temporality of globalisation, and its underlying 'denial of
coevalness' (Johannes Fabian), entails a perpetuation  of the dominant
narrative of modernisation and modernity as progress and temporal advance,
as the integration (or lack thereof) in the universalising timeframe of the
contemporary (Amy Allen). Today, we witness many cultural practices that
challenge, refute or problematise this narrative: from new forms of
cultural translation (including a validation of the untranslatable) and the
proliferation of decolonial altermodernities to the emergence of
Euro-American populist nostalgia; from accelerationism and
hyper-temporalities  (such as that of climate change), to renewed
appraisals of slowness and reflection on the end of temporality (Fredric

The 2016 Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies conference highlights
the urgency to reconsider globalisation from the perspective of today’s
multiple temporalities. We want to explore new conceptualisations of the
multiple, differentiated temporalities of globalisation. What if still
dominant representations of globalisation as an unfolding process – an
agent of sorts that is alternatively embraced, resisted, missed out on;
that homogenises or pluralises – are simply inadequate to grasp what we
refer to as globalisation today? We call for contributions that investigate
globalisation as the simultaneity of different and radically divergent
temporalities. Emerging decolonial temporalities (Walter Mignolo),
Euro-American populist withdrawal, re-emerging imperialisms (U.S., Europe,
Russia, Middle East, China), the project of de-imperialisation, de-Cold War
and de-colonisation (Chen Kuan-Hsing), 24/7 neo-capitalism (Jonathan
Crary), the hyper-temporality of climate change, imperial ruination (Ann
Laura Stoler), the exclusion of states and regions (i.e. Africa, Greece)
from the rhythms of neoliberal capitalism (Maurizio Lazzarato), high-speed
financial trading, revelations of global economic warfare, aging workforces
(Europe, Japan): all these examples demonstrate that globalisation, in its
present, singular tense, no longer covers our fractured and multi-temporal

We invite theoretical and empirical interventions to analyse the ways in
which globalisation’s manifold temporalities – and their problematization –
appear in the socio-­‐ cultural realm: from decolonial cinema and novels
flaunting their untranslatability to the way news and social media ‘chase’
each other; from the use of extreme duration in theatre and contemporary
art and the fashionability of yoga classes and mindfulness to the global
boom in plastic surgery and expressions of imperial nostalgia; from the
seeming endlessness of crisis to regressive and progressive attempts to
find a 'way out of here'.

The 2016 ACGS conference welcomes papers that explore the complexity and
radical heterogeneity of today’s planetary temporalities. Possible topics
-    decolonial temporalities
-    cultural translation and untranslatability
-    out-of-timeness and 'backward' peripheries within globalised economic
spheres (i.e. the Greek crisis, North Korea, Belarus)
-    differences between and intersections of urban/rural temporalities
-    chronotopias, from the Western metropolitan yearning for ‘slowness’ to
dreams of fully automated market transactions
-    affective temporalities, i.e. burn-out, exhaustion, YOLO/FOLO,
things-to-do-before-you-‐die/bucket lists
-    ecology: the hyper-temporality of climate change
-    the temporal dimensions of neo-imperialisms, for example the Ukraine
crisis, Euro‐American interference in the Middle East
-    debris of empire, imperial ruinations
-    cycles and crisis: social, financial, personal
-    discourses of contemporaneity, i.e. the managerial/neoliberal rhetoric
of ‘this is no longer of today’
-    utopias of timelessness, i.e. the Islamic State, populism, communism
-    theories and representations of end times, i.e. biological extinction,
the end of capitalism, the end of the welfare state, eschatological
imaginaries in popular culture
-    temporalities of precarity (flexibility, just-in-time, absent futures)
-    the withering away of ‘the future’ as universal telos in culture and
-    entropy in culture, economy and ecology
-    temporalities of security (pre-emption and precaution)
-    uneven development and creative destruction
-    homogenisation of time as effect and condition of the logic of capital

Please submit an abstract (200-300 words) and short bio (max. 100 words) by
1 May 2015 to acgs-fgw at uva.nl. Notice of acceptance will be given by 15
June 2015. Conference fee: 50 Euros (25 Euros for PhD students). Conference
dinner: 25 Euros.

Organisers: Joost de Bloois, Marieke de Goede, Yolande Jansen, Jeroen de
Kloet, Esther Peeren, Kati Röttger.

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