Grammars of Time

New School for Social Research: Anthropology

Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Grammars of Time
Spring 2024
Taught By: Ann Stoler
Section: A

CRN: 14786

Credits: 3

This is a seminar about one of the seemingly most banal and quotidian concepts with which we live, and the most ambiguous, abstract, and precise concepts: time. In the fields of knowledge production from anthropology, history, philosophy, geology and physics, to name a few. contest what we know about it, what we can know and what that knowing tells us about the disparate worlds -the imaginary and material, in which we live. Our task is this seminar is more limited: to ask about the social and environmental ecologies in which people experience and talk about time, on the relationalities on which it depends. We talk about “losing time,” “wasting time,” “doing time,” “being on time,” “saving time. ” We refer repeatedly to concepts that don’t use the word time but invoke it nonetheless as the frame of concern: anticipation, waiting, gift-giving, expectation, hope, boredom, procrastination, leisure, urgency, are distributed differently in our social and political environments, tethered to social location in particular ways. Do we shape time or does time shape us? We’ll look at what the concept, “temporalities” offers, so pervasive in current social inquiry. People live in different temporalities, multiple temporalities and conflicting ones; the world is divided among those who must adhere to specific protocols of time and timing and those who can disregard them...but sometimes they too may not. This seminar is an exploration of the modalities and the grammars (the required rubrics of tense) that mandate that time is considered in one way and not another. Philosophically, sociologically, and with respect to social history, how time is allocated, distributed, understood is a diagnostic of the worlds we live in and the pressures upon us to adhere to, refuse, and reshape what we see as its requirements and demands. We’ll be reading all or parts of the following: Fabian, Time and the Other, Koselleck, Sediments of Time, selections from Power and Time (a great new edited volume),Virilio, Speed and Politics, Bergson on duration, Hage, Waiting, Stewart, A space on the side of the road, Hoy, The time of Our Lives: a Critical History of Temporalities. Open to m.a. and ph.d students in any field from TNS and other consortium universities.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Anthropology (ANT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:24am EDT 5/20/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 705
Date Range: 1/22/2024 - 5/13/2024