Thursday, May 1, 2014
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: Harris Hall, 108, 1881 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it
Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public
"Hot Off The Press" brings the authors of recently published books to campus to discuss their work and the publishing process. On May 1st Prof. Sarah Sharma will present "In the Meantime: Temporality and Cultural Politics." The world is getting faster. This sentiment is proclaimed so often that it is taken for granted, rarely questioned and/or rarely examined by those who celebrate the notion of an accelerated culture or by those who decry it. Sarah Sharma engages with that assumption in this sophisticated critical inquiry into the temporalities of everyday life. Sharma conducted ethnographic research among individuals whose jobs or avocations involve a persistent focus on time: taxi drivers, frequent-flyer business travelers, corporate yoga instructors, devotees of the slow-food and slow-living movements. Based on that research, she develops the concept of "power-chronography" to make visible the entangled and uneven politics of temporality. Focusing on how people's different relationships to labor configures their experiences of time, she argues that both "speed-up" and "slow-down" often function as a form of biopolitical social control necessary to contemporary global capitalism. Dr. Sharma’s research agenda and teaching interests can be summarized as a “cultural approach to technology” which politicizes the mediating role technology plays in contemporary politics, social organization, and the maintenance of social inequalities. Her work draws from diverse theories and methods including post-structuralism, medium theory, biopolitics, critical discourse analysis,ethnography, and identity politics. Currently, Dr. Sharma is writing a book on the cultural politics of time that considers the relationship between time and the biopolitics of difference in contemporary culture. This event is free, open to the public, and made possible in part by the support of the Harris Fund.