The role of time in academia is almost paradoxical: while it structures and informs almost all research, experiments, and interpretation—even determining, to an extent, the kinds of knowledge we can produce—it is rarely explicitly defined and/or theorized within the research itself. When time is conceptualized explicitly in humanities projects, it is almost always structured as a linear progress narrative. This  symposium seeks to take us beyond this dominant concept of the linear progress narrative by exploring non-linear concepts of time through online and in-person discussions, which will consider the implications of this work for a range of disciplines.


We are grateful to the many generous sponsors of the symposium:

Department of African American Studies, Department of English, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Office of the Provost, Comparative Literature Program, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Department of History, American Studies Program, Science in Human Culture Program, British Studies Graduate Cluster, Department of Performance Studies, Dean’s Office of the School of Communication, MENA Program, Department of Physics, and Department of Art History.

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