Rhythms and Rituals

Thursday, 14 July 2016: 16:00-17:30
Location: Hörsaal 21 (Main Building)
RC54 The Body in the Social Sciences (host committee)
RC22 Sociology of Religion

Language: English

This joint session moves beyond the time of clocks and calendars in order to study time as it is embedded in social interactions, social organization, social practices and knowledge, in artifacts, in the body, and in the environment. It looks at the many different ways in which time is experienced in relation to the various contexts and institutions of social life. Among the topics discussed are time in the areas of health, education, work, globalization, and environmental change. We will approach this with questions: 

  • First, can we understand the appearance of modern information technologies from the same perspectives that have been brought to bear on other technological changes? 
  • Second, what methodological and conceptual challenges arise and how are contemporary theoretical frameworks useful in their analysis? 
  • Third, what can be drawn from related questions raised in other disciplines? For example, modern non-equilibrium approaches to the complexity of physical systems (Prigogine, 1980), along with modern network theory, may have a bearing on the analysis of the coupling and nesting of bodily and social clocks. What, if any, are their implications? 
  • Fourth, what are the dysfunctional effects when the synchronization of bodily and social clocks fails? How are these related to challenges posed by modern information technologies?
Session Organizer:
Bianca Maria PIRANI, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
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Seyed Hossein SERAJZADEH, Kharazmi University of Tehran, Iran; Masoud ZAMANIMOGHADAM, Kharazmi University of Tehran, Iran
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