Time and Society: Cultural, Personal and Institutional Ways to Relate Past, Present and Future

Monday, 11 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal 45 (Main Building)
RC35 Conceptual and Terminological Analysis (host committee)

Language: English

All known forms of social life necessarily develop an (however dim) awareness of times past and of the future and a sense to link the two in what is perceived as the present. However, as ethnological, sociological and psychological research has shown, there are vast differences in the cultural, institutional and personal ways to construct the past and the future and in the ways and means through which they are intertwined in the present.
Memory and Planning are just two dimensions which reveal the ensuing differences. Thus, for example, the Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory is an interesting tool for empirically testing the Psychology of Time. On the one hand, the proposed session seeks to clarify the use of this tool for sociological and cultural analysis, and on the other hand, it asks for alternative approaches and tools to explore the ways in which past, present and future are constructed and enacted in cultures, institutions and individual minds.
Session Organizer:
Hartmut ROSA, University of Jena, Germany
Hartmut ROSA, University of Jena, Germany
How Past, Present and Future Are Constructed By Slow Livers? Using Qualitative Methods to Measure Temporal Practices and Values in France and Poland.
Justyna KRAMARCZYK, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland; Mireille DIESTCHY, Universite Paris-Saclay, France