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16: Timescapes of the 21st century: asynchronicities, acceleration and time conflicts

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There is a widespread sense that time is scarce and that the pace of everyday life is accelerating beyond our control. We are frantically busy projecting futures, which are either to be achieved or prevented by acting now. Indeed, the importance attributed to time, the way contemporary societies are temporally structured, but also our relationship to and our perception of time have undergone quite dramatic shifts. Often this is seen as linked to technological change, above all through new information and communication technologies.

This seminar will engage with the paradoxes of time in a digital age from a social science perspective. Technologies do play a central role in the constitution of time regimes, as our very experience of human action and the material world is mediated by technology. So, what is the relationship between technology and time? Does technological acceleration inexorably hasten the pace of work and everyday life? How are the different forms of time generated and how do they blend into the timescapes we live in? Who has time or owns the time of others? What role do gender relations play in all this? This is a first set of questions to be addressed.

Our debates will touch on issues of time related to work, knowledge production, democracy and identity formation.

Speakers

Professor, Science and Technology Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Vienna Chair
Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics, London Chair

Dr. Ulrike FELT

Professor, Science and Technology Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Vienna

1983 Ph.D in Physics (Theoretical High Energy/Minor Mathematics)
1997 Habilitation in Sociology of Science & Social Studies of Science, University of Vienna
1983-1988 Researcher Associate, CERN - European Centre for Nuclear Research, Geneva
1988-1989 Third-Party funded researcher, Department of Philosophy of Science and Social Studies of Science, University of Vienna
1989-1997 Assistant Professor, University of Vienna
1997-1998 Professor, GERSULP - Groupe d'Etude et de Recherche sur les Sciences Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg
1997-1999 Associate Professor, Department for Philosophy of Science and Social Studies of Science, University of Vienna
since 1999 Professor of Science and Technology Studies, University of Vienna
2004-2014 Head of the Department of Science and Technology Studies, University of Vienna
2009-2014 Vice-Study Program Director Sociology; MA Program Science-Technology-Society, University of Vienna
2012-2014 Vice-dean for Research of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Vienna
2014-2018 Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Vienna
2015-2018 Head of the Interdisciplinary Research Platform "Responsible Research and Innovation in Academic Practice", University of Vienna

Prof. Judy WAJCMAN

Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics, London

1999-2000 Hallsworth Professorial Fellow, University of Manchester
2000-2004 Centennial Professor, London School of Economics, London
2007-2008 Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford
1995-2008 Professor of Sociology, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra
since 2009 Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics, London
2015-2018 Visiting Professor, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University, Oxford

Seminar Week

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16.08.2017

17:00 - 17:45Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2017Plenary
17:45 - 18:30Opening SpeechesPlenary
19:00 - 20:30Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary
20:30 - 22:00Bread and WineSocial

17.08.-22.08.2017

Seminar 01: The new Silk Road in a global contextSeminar
Seminar 02: Populism and post-factual politicsSeminar
Seminar 03: Conflicts around the commonsSeminar
Seminar 04: Energy transition with renewable energies and energy efficiency: a win-win for the planet and the global economySeminar
Seminar 05: Are we alone in the universe?Seminar
Seminar 06: Conflict and cooperation: preferences or environmentSeminar
Seminar 07: Transitional Justice: case studies from the Balkans and South AfricaSeminar
Seminar 08: Art - in conflictSeminar
Seminar 09: Pragmatic alliances and global disorderSeminar
Seminar 10: Don't mess with our education! Creating new Utopias!Seminar
Seminar 11: Why is it called a Play?Seminar
Seminar 12: Ethics in ActionSeminar
Seminar 13: Dirty Products - responsible consumption: how digitisation changes the role of the consumerSeminar
Seminar 14: Global Weirding? Climate change and population dynamicsSeminar
Seminar 16: Timescapes of the 21st century: asynchronicities, acceleration and time conflictsSeminar
Seminar 17: The RenAIssance: Brave New WorldSeminar
Seminar 18: Politics at the grassroots levelSeminar
Seminar 19: Turkey at the crossroadsSeminar
Seminar 20: How to step out of lineSeminar

17.08.2017

19:00 - 20:30Turkey at the crossroadsPlenary

20.08.2017

19:00 - 22:00Storytelling: Journeys from conflict to cooperationBreakout

21.08.2017

19:00 - 21:30The RenAIssance: Brave New WorldBreakout