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History of Time


About the Course:

Time plays a central role in human affairs, from the hourly rhythm of a single day to the slow stages of an individual life to the organization of enduring human institutions. This course will explore intellectual conceptions and cultural representations of time across cultures; scientific and socio-technological systems that have recast how we came to think about and experience time; as well as the role of time in structuring societies and their activities. Topics include but not limited to social lives of clocks and calendars; the politics and technologies of labor time; the projects of chronological standardization; relativity theory and its impact; and the experience of time in the Anthropocene.


Upper division standing 


View the course’s Canvas page or the instructor’s page for documents: Elena Aronova   

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