Accepted paper:

Time and the senses in the Andes


Constance Classen

Paper short abstract:

This presentation explores the sensorial dimensions of temporal concepts in the Andes as exemplified through traditional practices, myths and artifacts. It goes on to examine the Andean reception of the Western linear notion of time.

Paper long abstract:

Indigenous concepts of time can differ significantly from the Western linear notion of time. Such differences can lead to conflicts and misunderstandings between indigenous peoples and Western institutions and agencies which assume that 'one time fits all'. The Andean region offers a striking example of an indigenous model of time which is not only non-linear, but also embodied and sensory. This presentation will explore the interrelationships among time, corporeality and the senses in the Andes as exemplified in traditional practices, myths and artifacts, such as the Inca recording device called the quipu. It concludes by examining Andean responses to and interpretations of the standard Western model of time within the historical context of the Andean experience of European culture.

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Sensational knowledge: emotional and sensory encounters as ways of knowing