With the millennial year of 2000 fast approaching, we want to slow down and to think--or rather, rethink-- about time. As the debates over whether or not January 1, 2000 marks the beginning of a new millennium suggest, time, while one of the most obvious features of everyday life, is also a problem, a question. Time--as the key conceptual frame for history, as a perennial philosophical question, as a subject of poetry, as tied to the very medium of artistic performance--is an issue that has evoked responses across the humanities and the arts. We believe that time will provide us with an important area of inquiry that can be engaged from a wide variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches.
Rather than offer here a brief history of time, we provide a list of possible issues that could be raised by the work of the seminar. This list is certainly not meant to be exhaustive or exclusive.
1:00 Opening of the Colloquium: Jeffrey N. Cox, Director, CHA Welcome:
Peter Spear, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
1:15 Panel 1: Time and Place
Chair: Dennis McGilvray (CU-Boulder)
Dana Leibsohn (Smith College), "The Sway of the World: Time and Belonging in Colonial Mexico"
Shari Fox (CU-Boulder), "Uvvatiaru: Time and the Inuit"
Mick Khoo (CU-Boulder), "Tourism as Time Travel"
Priya Jha (CU-Boulder), "Spectacular Nationalisms:
Freezing the Past, Freezing the Future, and Creating a History of the Present"
3:30 Panel 2: History and Time
Chair: Philip Deloria (CU-Boulder)
Claire Farago (CU-Boulder), "How Historians Tell time: A Short Story About Cultural Memory"
Lee Chambers-Schiller (CU-Boulder), "August 6, 1945--the Day that Time Stood Still . . . or Not: Time and America's Nuclear Narrative"
Viviane Namaste (University of Quebec), "Work and Time: The Role of Labour in an Oral History of Montreal's Transsexual Communities"
5:00 First Keynote Address: Dominick LaCapra (Cornell U)
"Writing History, Writing Trauma"
Introduction: Paul Gordon (CU-Boulder)
9:00 Panel 3: Theorizing Time
Chair: Merrill Lessley (CU-Boulder)
Alan Lester (CU-Boulder), "Geology, History, and the Age of Earth: It's About Time"
Michael Fitch (CU-Boulder), "Time's Arrows, Time's Subject: Mapping, Discipline, Control"
Ursula Heise (Columbia U), "The Seventh Generation: Technology, Ecology and Time"
11:00 Second Keynote Address: Catherine Gallagher (U of California, Berkeley) "Undoing: Time Travel, Counterfactuals, and Affirmative Action"
Introduction: Sue Zemka (CU-Boulder)
Lunch on your own
2:00 Panel 4: Performing Time
Chair: Janice Peck (CU-Boulder)
Keith Waters (CU-Boulder), "Temporal Structure in Jazz Music; or, The Myth of the Eternal Return"
Rebecca French (CU-Boulder), "Law and Time"
Michelle Spencer (CU-Boulder),"Godel: Proof and Fashion"
4:00 Third Keynote Address:Jonathan Kramer (Columbia U), "Time and the Postmodern Composer"
Introduction: Steven Bruns (CU-Boulder)
There will also be a performance of Jonathan Kramer's works:
SERBELLONI SERENADE (1995)
for Clarinet, Violin and Piano:
Daniel Silver, clarinet
Jennifer John, violin
Andrew Cooperstock, piano
MUSIC FOR PIANO, NO. 6
("WHIRLED PIECE") (1997):
Deborah Bradley, piano
Alexa Still, flute, alto flute and piccolo
Daniel Silver, clarinet and bass clarinet
Jennifer John, violin
Erika Eckert, viola
Judith Glyde, cello
David Shuey, piano