October 22: OUT-OF-CLASS GROUP WORK: Designing Temporality I: Waiting

Instead of meeting in the classroom, you’ll meet in small groups, anytime between October 15 and 28, to observe a site where people, other creatures, or things wait: to check out at the grocery story, to check in at the airport, to be fed, to drive through the Lincoln Tunnel, to see the doctor, to talk to a customer service agent on the phone, etc. You’ll find more detailed guidelines here.

Your whole thematic group might decide to focus on one site — but you’re also welcome to break into smaller groups focused on different sites. If you choose the latter, I’d encourage you to ensure that your small groups have no fewer than three people, so you can divide up your labor and triangulate your different impressions. Your chosen site needn’t have anything to do with your group’s theme; it need only pertain to temporality and waiting.

Each group should come to class on October 29 prepared to share an informal five-minute presentation summarizing their findings. You’re welcome to use slides and other media, share collected artefacts, etc.

O&I Consulting


    • Javier Auyero, Patients of the State: The Politics of Waiting in Argentina (Duke University Press, 2012).
    • Camille N.Y. Fink and Brian D. Taylor, “Zen in the Art of Travel Behavior: Using Visual Ethnography to Understand the Transit Experience,” Final Report, University of California Transportation Center (December 2010).
    • Lisa Baraitser, Enduring Time (Bloomsbury, 2017) [see also Baraitser’s various articles and chapters.]
    • Elizabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse, eds., Making the Geologic Now: Responses to Material Conditions of Contemporary Life (Punctum Books, 2012).
    • Jason Farman, “Spinning in Place” and “Tactics for Waiting” in Delayed Response: The Art of Waiting from the Ancient to the Instant World (Yale University Press, 2018): 65-82, 183-96.
    • Nicolas Guéguen, Céline Jacob, “The Influence of Music on Temporal Perceptions in an Old-Hold Waiting Situation,” Psychology of Music 30:2 (2002).
    • Rajesh Haynickx, “Time in the Hotel: Gazing with Lobby Lizards,” Interiors: Design / Architecture / Culture 6:2 (2015).
    • Stefan Hirschauer, “On Doing Being a Stranger: The Practical Constitution of Civil Inattention,” Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior 35:1 (2005): 41-67 [thanks to Cameron Tonkinwise].
    • Manpreet K. Janeja and Andreas Bandak, Ethnographies of Waiting: Doubt, Hope, and Uncertainty (Bloomsbury 2018).
    • Craig Jeffrey, Timepass: Youth, Class, and the Politics of Waiting in India (Stanford University Press, 2010).
    • Eric Laurier, “How Breakfast Happens in the Café,” Time & Society 17:1 (2008) [again, thanks to Cameron].
    • Jenny Odell, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy (Melville House, 2019).
    • Liene Ozolina, Politics of Waiting: Workforce, Post-Soviet Austerity and the Ethics of Freedom (Manchester University Press, 2019).
    • Jane Palmer, Celmara Pocock, and Lorelle Burton, “Waiting, Power and Time in Ethnographic and Community Based Research,” Qualitative Research 18:4 (2018).
    • Rebekah Rousi, “The Experience of No Experience: Elevator UX and the Role of Unconscious Experience,” Proceedings of the International Conference on Making Sense of Converging Media, Tempere, Finland, October 2013.
    • Harold Schweizer, On Waiting (Routledge, 2008) [thanks to Julie Napolin].
    • Nick Seaver, “How to Pay Attention,” Somatosphere (July 30, 2018).
    • Kathleen Stewart, Ordinary Affects (Duke University Press, 2007).
    • * “Wait, Wait… Tell Me!99% Invisible (September 3, 2019) < podcast: 36:19 >.
    • Ann-Christin Wagner, “Waiting in the Queue, Waiting for a Future: An Ethnography of the Relationship Between Waiting and Displacement Among Syrian Refugees in Mafraq, Jordan,” Association of Social Anthropologists Conference, Durham, UK, July 2016.
    • Margaret Waltz, “(Im)patient Patients: An Ethnography of Medical Waiting Rooms,” Dissertation, Department of Sociology, Case Western Reserve University, 2016.

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