Time, Genomics, and the Social: Some Anthropological Thoughts on "Biotemporality
SpeakersDr Matt Hodges, Research Fellow, Egenis
VenueUniversity of Exeter,Egenis, Byrne House,St Germans Road,Exeter, EX4 4PJ
Room no: GF7, Byrne House
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM
How might the temporal dimensions of lived experience be theorised in studies of “biosociality”? A number of dominant paradigms exist in the social sciences – historical methodologies, memory studies – but recently, theorists have also proposed approaches founded in the study of time, temporality, and emergence.
In a critical discussion of anthropological approaches to time I illustrate how these might be productively adapted for the task. Parallels then emerge with posthumanist approaches in the sociology of science; and a model for theorising social and material processes is apparent in which temporal analysis plays a more central role.
The question of whether “biotemporality” might operate as a conceptual adjunct to biosociality, or whether an alternative framework is called for, will therefore be addressed as the seminar progresses.