The Study of Time

The Study of Time is a series of peer-reviewed volumes of select collected essays invited after each triennial conference.  Time in Variance, Volume XVII from the 2019 Conference in Los Angeles is now available.

This interdisciplinary volume of essays explores how the notion of time varies across disciplines by examining variance as a defining feature of temporalities in cultural, creative, and scholarly contexts. Featuring a President`s Address by philosopher David Wood, it begins with critical reassessments of J.T. Fraser`s hierarchical theory of time through the lens of Anthropocene studies, philosophy, ecological theory, and ecological literature; proceeds to variant narratives in fiction, video games, film, and graphic novels; and concludes by measuring time`s variance with tools as different as incense clocks and computers, and by marking variance in music, film, and performance art.

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Time in Variance, Volume XVII

Editors: Arkadiusz Misztal, Paul A. Harris, and Jo Alyson Parker

Publisher: Brill (Leiden)
                   Released: 2021
ISBN:          978-90-04-47016-3 (hardbook)
                    978-90-04-47017-0 (e-book)

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction, Paul A. Harris, Arkadiusz Misztal, and Jo Alyson Parker
  • President’s Address: Time in Variance, Raji C. Steineck
  • Out of Plato’s Cave, Steve Ostovich
  • From the Biotemporal to the Ecotemporal in Atilio Caballero’s La ultima playa, Lucia Cash Beare
  • Founder’s Lecture: Is Time Out of Joint? Or at a New Threshold? Reflections on the Temporalitu of Climate Change, David Wood
  • Slow Time: The Suspension of a Tension, Paul A. Harris
  • Temporal Otherness and the `Gifted Child` in Fiction, Adam Barrows
  • The Seductive Quality of Variable Time in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Sue Scheibler
  • In the Forest of Realities: Impossible Worlds in Film and Television Narratives, Sonia Front
  • ‘Out of Repetition Comes Variation’: Varying Timelines, Invariant Time, and Dolore’s Glitch in Westworld, Jo Alyson Parker and Thomas Weissert
  • Time in Variance and Time’s Invariance in Richard McGuire’s Here‘, Arkadiusz Misztal
  • Variance in Time Morphologies in Production and Consumption of Incense in Medieval Japan, Vroni Ammann
  • Understanding Computation Time: A Critical Discussion of Time as a Computational Performance Metric, David Harris-Birtill and Rose Harris-Birtill
  • Variations of Narrative Temporalities in John Farrow’s 1948 Film The Big Clock, Raphaelle Costa de Beauregard
  • Transcending Temporal Variance: Time-Specificity, Long Distance Performance and the Intersubjective Site, Emily DiCarlo
  • Temporal Experience in George Benjamin’s Sudden Time, Martin Scheuregger