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.

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.

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    • 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.]
    • 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) [againn, thanks to Cameron].
    • 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).
    • Nick Seaver, “How to Pay Attention,” Somatosphere (July 30, 2018).
    • Kathleen Stewart, Ordinary Affects (Duke University Press, 2007).
    • 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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