P02
Temporal state(s)

Convenors:
Daniel Knight (University of St Andrews)
Rebecca Bryant (Utrecht University)
Chair:
Madeleine Reeves (University of Manchester)
Discussant:
Felix Ringel (University of Vienna)
Location:
Calman - Ken Wade
Start time:
5 July, 2016 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel asks if there is a temporal dimension to statehood that parallels its spatial dimension. In what way(s) do states lay claim to time? We encourage papers that grapple with this problem, as well as papers that explore the future in relation to other temporal dimensions of the state.

Long abstract:

Can we speak of a time of the state? This panel asks if there is a temporal dimension to statehood that parallels its spatial dimension, the latter realised in the form of territoriality. In what way(s) do states lay claim to time? In what ways do states manage, surveil, and defend their own temporalities? Do temporalities create their own borders? Or is the claim that states are temporal as well as spatial a form of allochronicity that creates or reinforces global inequalities? This panel will explore these questions through ethnographic research that addresses all dimensions of temporality, with a particular focus on the future. While much research has looked at the role of the past, history, and memory in the nation-state, our concern is with temporality and the state form, and especially with the ways in which states attempt to structure and control the future. Given the current difficulty—despite extensive critiques of state sovereignty—of imagining futures beyond the sovereign state, we ask if there is an intrinsic, unexplored connection between the ways that we currently imagine the future and the state form. We encourage papers that grapple with this problem, as well as papers that explore the future in relation to other temporal dimensions of the state.