As holder of the Ruth and Mark Phillips Professorship in Cultural Mediations, Dr. Birgit Hopfener will lead this fall an interdisciplinary research seminar on the topic of The Temporal Diversity of Our Time: Pluralizing time and unlearning the modern Western temporal regime

Seminar information: CLMD 6902F/ARTH 5115 (0.5 credit), Fall 2021, Wed. 11:35-2:25 pm

Seminar description: What are multiple concepts of time, plural and entangled temporal structures and regimes that constitute the present and our contemporary conceptual frameworks of knowing, being, creating art and cultural artifacts, and relating to each other and the world? This interdisciplinary seminar takes this question as the starting point to “unlearn” (G. Spivak) the universalized modern Western temporal framework and its ongoing effects on ways of knowing, being and creating and to explore the long ignored cultural and historical multiplicity of temporalities of the present through critical engagements with scholarly writings and art (visual art, film, music, literature etc.). The seminar takes the new critical attention to temporality and the heightened temporal and historical consciousness evident in current theoretical and artistic conceptualizations of what constitutes or could constitute our world temporally now and in the future as the starting point, to uncover, map and transform contemporary temporal frameworks and their effects on concepts and practices of knowledge, art, self and social relations.

Delivery format: online synchronous, with some exhibition visits planned as permitted

Registration: For Carleton students, through Carleton CentralCarleton and non-Carleton auditing graduate students welcome.

Dr. Birgit Hopfener is an art historian of contemporary art and theory in the global context. She is an Associate Professor in the School for the Study of Art and Culture at Carleton University, cross-appointed with the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture. Her research and teaching are situated in the field of critical global art history with a regional expertise in Chinese art.