Time and Temporalities

Co-ordinators: Steve Earnshaw

The opportunity for this cluster is to explore the relationship between ‘drinking and time’, the intersection between drink and various temporalities, e.g. biographical time, the leisure/work time divide, life cycle, different regimes of time (seasonal, cyclical, long durée etc), modernity, tradition and nostalgia, time-out behaviours, and the politics of time. Because the topic does not already have an established base of research, the cluster is initially about seeing what interest there is which can then build into a network of interested parties. To that end, I would envisage a workshop/mini-conference around the theme (2016), either directly on ‘time and drink’, or by bringing in specialists on time within particular disciplines (e.g. time in the social sciences/anthropology/medicine/philosophy) which we would then attempt to relate to, and develop, within our own research. If that workshop/conference indicated significant interest, there could then be a larger conference at a later date, with the possibility of a subsequent edited collection.

Bios of coordinator:

Steven Earnshaw (s.l.earnshaw@shu.ac.uk) has a longstanding interest in drink and literature, e.g. The Pub in Literature: England’s Altered State (2000, MUP). His current work is on the figure of ‘the Existential drinker’, with recent publications including ‘Drink, Dissolution, Antibiography: The Existential Drinker’ in Biographies of Drink (2015, eds. Hailwood and Toner; Cambridge Scholars) and ‘Habitual Drunkards and Metaphysics: Four Case Studies from the Victorian Period’, Social History of Alcohol and Drugs (special issue eds. Lock and Malleck; forthcoming). He is Professor of English Literature at Sheffield Hallam University.

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