CFP – The Sense of Time in a Hyper-Mobile Digital Age: Nostalgia, Presentism and Hope

18-20 May 2018

Capture d’écran 2017-07-03 à 13.09.18.pngDoshisha University, Kyoto

Co-organized by Monash Asia Institute, Monash University &

Department of Media, Journalism and Communications, Doshisha University

 We are living in a globalized world where the scale and speed of social change has been ever-escalated, cross-border human mobilities have been intensifying, and digital communications have been drastically transforming the mode of mediation and connectivity. These evolutions engender the complication of our sense of “now and then” in conjunction with that of “here and there” in ways to substantially transform the mode and meaning of recollecting the past, perceiving the present and imagining the future. This conference aims to consider whether and how the perception of past, present and future has been transformed in a hyper-mobile digital age.

While growing mobilities such as migration, tourism, expatriation, studying abroad and encourage people to experience plural forms of social life, transnational crisscrossing of visual images that represent diverse modes of “now and then” across the world further gives us much repertoire to long for what used to be and contemplate on the present and future. Sophisticated visualization and documentation of the (non-existing) past has also become a marketing trend of commercial media. Moreover, revolutionary development of digital communication technologies has a profound impact on how we recollect the past, perceive the present and imagine the future in more individualized ways. Does individualized action of recollecting the immediate past or embryonic present discount the potential of collective memory as a self-reflexive reference point? Does it make us ahistorical being, deterring us from appreciating how the present has been dynamically constructed through various historical accidents and intermingling actions by diverse social subjects and institutions and appreciating unrealized progressive possibilities of social advancements? Or an individualized mode of nostalgia has a great capability to make people more positive about life, more tolerant and caring for others and less wary of interpersonal relationship, as personality psychologists insist? Whether and how does the emerging perception of past, present and future relate to the time-space compression that market-driven globalization processes have been intensifying? How the digitalized sense of time flows works in tandem with shrinking time frame to recollect and foresee with accelerating speed of change and socio-economic insecurity and frustration that accompany? While the ever-escalating speed of change and scale of movement evokes the desire of slowing down, whether and how is it associated with nostalgic recollection and/or future prospects?

The Sense of Time in a Hyper-Mobile Digital Age aims to critically examine these issues and facilitate cross-regional and interdisciplinary exchange among researchers working on them in the disciplines and fields of cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, geography, intercultural communication, and so on. Selected papers will be published in an edited volume or a journal special issue.We will consider the inclusion of papers that discuss the shifting sense of time in relation to the development of digital and social media and the rise of data industry in conjunction with the intensification of mobilities and cross-border connections and far-reaching socio-economic fluctuation and predicament. We expect papers that consider these issues by attending to intersecting socio-cultural backgrounds such as generation, gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity, mobility experience and region of dwelling (including urban and rural). We will accept proposals of any national/regional context, but we especially encourage the submission of the proposals on Asian contexts.

Confirmed speakers include: Göran Bolin (Södertörn University), Marwan Kraidy (University of Pennsylvania), Shin Mizukoshi (University of Tokyo), Jack Qiu (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Please send your paper proposals (less than 200 words) with your affiliation details and e-mail address no later than 15 September 2017 to:

Please clearly put “Proposal for DIGITAL TIME” in the subject line.

Acceptance of proposal will be notified by the end of October.

Please kindly be advised that we will not be able to offer financial support for participants’ travel costs. You can find more details of the workshop and the venue at the webpage of Monash Asia Institute:

We look very much forward to receiving your proposals!

Best regards,

Koichi Iwabuchi & Hirofumi Katsuno

(Conveners, Monash University & Doshisha University)


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