On Time

Friday 04-15-10 7 pm
Galerie Zurcher, 33 Bleecker St, NYC
On Time

Time is a mea­sure and a frame­work, lin­ear and cycli­cal, absolute and rel­a­tive. Time can sep­a­rate work from leisure, con­tin­gency from deter­min­ism, epochs from eras, attosec­onds from mil­len­nia. Time is an inde­pen­dent force and a per­cep­tual con­struc­tion. Time is uni­ver­sal, but expec­ta­tions can shift region­ally and inter­nal clocks keep their own time. Time is infi­nite and instant, cal­cu­lated and used, imag­ined and felt. Time is a com­pul­sory aspect of our lives and affects every dis­ci­pline, but time itself is not an inde­pen­dent field of study and no sin­gle under­stand­ing of time can sat­isfy all disciplines.

For Ad Hoc Vox’s twelfth event, On Time, cos­mol­o­gists, philoso­phers, jour­nal­ists, and cul­tural the­o­rists will explore how sci­en­tific and cul­tural under­stand­ings of time affect the lived expe­ri­ence of time from a trans­dis­ci­pli­nary per­spec­tive. Jen­nifer Dud­ley mod­er­ates the panel, fol­lowed by a Q&A with the audience.


Featuring David Z. Albert, Sean Carroll, Stephanie Clare, Elizabeth Ermarth, and Dan Falk.

 is the Frederick E. Woodbridge Professor of Philosophy and Director of M.A. Program in The Philosophical Foundations of Physics at Columbia University. His areas of research include philosophical problems of modern physics, philosophy of quantum mechanics, philosophy of space and time, and philosophy of science. Albert has published many articles on quantum mechanics, mostly in the Physical Review, and is the author of Quantum Mechanics and Experience and Time and Chance.

SEAN CARROLL is a Senior Research Associate in Physics at the California Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in 1993 from Harvard University, and has previously worked at MIT, the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Chicago. His research ranges over a number of topics in theoretical physics, focusing on cosmology, quantum field theory, and gravitation. Carroll is the author of From Eternity to Here, about cosmology and the arrow of time.

STEPHANIE CLARE is a Ph.D. student and instructor in Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Her current research is about how taking into account humans' dependence upon the earth transforms the way we think about power and the self. Stephanie has also written about concepts of agency and temporality in feminist thought, as well as on queerness in feminist film criticism.

ELIZABETH DEEDS ERMARTH is Professor of Cultural Studies at Trent University in Canada and Saintsbury Professor emerita at University of Edinburgh (UK). Her interdisciplinary work deals with the cultural history and practical implications of the current crisis of representation, with special emphasis on the viability of conventional history and the kind of time it constructs and renews. She writes for leading academic journals in various fields such as New Literary History, History and Theory, Time and Society, and Rethinking History; she has published five books including Realism and Consensus, Sequel to History, and Rewriting Democracy.

DAN FALK is an award-winning science writer, broadcaster, and author, based in Toronto, Canada. He has written about science for dozens of newspapers and magazines, including New Scientist, Astronomy, and Sky & Telescope, and has made nine feature length documentaries for CBC Radio. His first book was Universe on a T-Shirt: The Quest for the Theory of Everything, and his most recent book, In Search of Time: Journeys along a Curious Dimension, was published in 2008 and was recently released in paperback.