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