Reclaiming Time as a Commons: Decolonizing the Hours

Deadline: Dec. 15, 2022
Contact: Ryan Hediger, Kent State University
Email: [email protected]

Panel proposed at the 2023 ASLE + AESS Conference: “Reclaiming the Commons”

July 9-12, 2023 in Portland, Oregon

This panel will interpret time as colonized by labor and extraction norms and will explore rethinking time as something other than a medium for extraction of value in the so-called Anthropocene. This panel could emphasize how rethinking time in this way could be joined to other new temporal arguments, such as the importance of thinking at long temporal scales, the need to improve at shuttling back and forth between temporal scales, and the need to consider future generations more robustly, all of which are common themes in discussions of the environmental emergency. There is also an opportunity to rethink (or reclaim) the past occasioned by Graeber and Wengrow’s recent book The Dawn of Everything.

Some themes for this panel might include but are not limited to:

-indigenous temporalities
-memorial (or memorializing) time
-seasonal temporalities
-bicycles and time
-musical time as alternative to capitalist time
-alternative agricultural temporalities
-slow scholarship
-craft temporalities
-plant (or animal) temporalities
-reclaiming the radical past
-recreational time (with many variations—skiing, hunting, fishing, etc.)

Posted on September 8, 2022