Nineteenth-Century Time

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Nineteenth-Century Time

Our “Nineteenth-Century Time” working group is devoted to the study of historical temporal experience: we're considering how people in the nineteenth century thought about and experienced time, and sometimes, how their ideas continue to shape our temporal discourses and even impact our experiences now. We know that the way people experience time varies greatly between different historical periods and places. Is it understood to move in a line or in a cycle? Is it known by looking at the sky or glancing at a wrist watch? The nineteenth century was an age of time-travel fiction and new fantasies of acceleration––both of which are still prominent themes in present-day culture––as well as explorations of unheard-of degrees of slowness, like the time of geological change. That era was indelibly marked by a sense of the temporal opposition between the history of human events and the seemingly a-historical time of nature, with its endlessly-cycling seasons; our age is profoundly impacted by the recognition of how our historical investments in temporal progress have actually proven their capacity to alter nature’s own time scale.  A public symposium will be held in March 2018 -- the call for papers is below.

Sherry Lee, Faculty of Music
Ellen Lockhart, Faculty of Music
Faculty, University of Toronto
Joseph L. Clark, FAS Art and Faculty of Architecture
Rebecca Comay, FAS Philosophy, Comparative Literature
Melissa Gniadek, UTM English & Drama
Willi Goetschel, FAS German and Philosophy
Brian Jacobson, FAS Cinema Studies
Terry F. Robinson, UTM English & Drama
Daniel Wright, UTM English & Drama   

Graduate Students, University of Toronto
Emily Doucet, Art History
Nicole Dufoe, English
Elizabeth Fox, Music
Lindsay Jones, Music
Sadie Menicanin, Music
Eric Woodley, Art History

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