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.
- Javier Auyero, “Patients of the State: An Ethnographic Account of Poor People’s Waiting,” Latin American Research Review 46:1 (2011): 5-29.
- Rebekah Rousi, “An Uplifting Experience – Adopting Ethnography to Study Elevator User Experience,” Ethnography Matters (April 2, 2013).
- Jonathan Berger, “Music Hijacks Our Perception of Time,” Nautilus (January 23, 2014).
- “Queue Theory and Design,” 99% Invisible (March 19, 2012) <podcast: 10:18>.
- What about other species’ experiences of time — even the queues leading them to their demise? Ingrid Newkirk, “Serpentine Ramp (Temple Grandin),” Design and Violence (MoMA: April 16, 2014).
- Shannon Mattern, “Time’s Interfaces,” DESIS Studio Talks, The New School (March 7, 2017).
- Post a slide to our response deck?
- 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.