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Can Time Be Tricked?

A Theoretical Introduction

Felix Ringel

I begin with two related vignettes concerning time and temporal agency: one concerning the work of conservation, the other the effects of fish smells. The FMS Gera is the last German ‘side trawler’. Side trawlers are steam-powered fishing

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Daniel M. Knight

space and time. I drew a picture of William Shatner on the front of my school exercise book. I used to kiss him goodnight’. She recoils in feigned embarrassment. ‘And then, when I was at university in the early 1990s I got into the next Star Trek

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Jan Ifversen

them? Why not use them to get stinking rich? —Randall in Time Bandits (1981) Pour être viable, une recherche tout entière tendue vers les structures commence par s’incliner devant la puissance et l’inanité de l’événement. —Lévi-Strauss, Du miel au

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Jan Baars

This article concentrates on the concepts of time that are implied in the study of ageing. As such, it does not directly address the complex issue of autonomy and ageing, but is an attempt to prepare the ground for a more fundamental approach to ageing than is usually the case. Instead of assuming that we know what age is, I intend to think a little more about the concepts of time that are presupposed in speaking about age and ageing. Usually these concepts are approached from a chronological time perspective, which is only one, albeit important, approach to time. Another perspective which is crucial for understanding human ageing is subjective, personally experienced time. These perspectives are not by definition in harmony with each other. Subjective perspectives on time and ageing can conflict with objectifying, chronological perspectives. Human ageing means living in dimensions of time where impersonal forces and regularities clash with personal meanings.

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Kate Myers

Time splits into two trajectories: one virtual the other actual; one that makes the present pass, and the other that preserves itself as past while still part of the present. One forms memory, the other perception; one is oriented toward

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Tracey Reimann-Dawe

The Western time-set, defined by linear time, forms a framework into which knowledge is integrated and in which it is expressed. Units of time used to express duration and units of time marked by anniversaries and events in the calendar create

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Tricking Time, Overthrowing a Regime

Reining in the Future in the Yemeni Youth Revolution

Ross Porter

groups, a revolutionary logic that I term ‘being change’. It is a temporal formulation that asserts a fusion between means and ends, presents and futures, within a single enduring revolutionary moment. It was by way of this capacity to trick time out of

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A General Introduction

Roxana Moroşanu and Felix Ringel

This collection of articles is about temporal agency. Through the notion of ‘time-tricking’, we propose to reconsider how human beings relate to the temporal dimensions of their lives, and whether they are able to influence them. Time

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Semantics of Time and Historical Experience

Remarks on Koselleck's Historik

Luca Scuccimarra

Moving from Koselleck's most recent essays on Historik, the author explores the role played by historiography in the constitution of historicity as a peculiar experiential dimension of human existence. The essay focuses on the complex link between difference and repetition which, according to Koselleck's theory of experience, constitutes a “specific historical temporality” and its inner articulation. Actually, it is by exploring the “formal temporal structures” which constitute the horizon of historical intelligibility that Koselleck brings to light the decisive role that the point of view of historiography has for the constitution of man as the subject of historical knowledge and action. It is difficult to ignore the importance of this theory of historical temporalization in an age in which the End of History rhetoric tends to transform itself in a sort of media gospel.

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Steffen Dalsgaard

In sociological literature, the most commonly accepted meaning of 'the state' is based on a spatial definition that describes it as an entity exercising sovereignty within a bounded territory. However, the state is also made present in time, and state forms have a profound impact on the temporalities of social events and interaction, for instance, through rhythms and schedules. Consequently, this article discusses how the state in Manus Province, Papua New Guinea, can be understood with reference to temporality as much as to spatiality and materiality. Here, the state is seen as being personified in its politicians, who are in control of its resources. In this understanding, the state is both facilitated and limited by the presence, attention, and duration of the politicians, who are obliged to recognize personal relationships through which kin or acquaintances can challenge bureaucratic control of space and of time.