Waiting is one of healthcare’s core experiences.  It is there in the time it takes to access services; through the days, weeks, months or years needed for diagnoses; in the time that treatment takes; and in the elongated time-frames of recovery, relapse, remission and dying.

Funded by the Wellcome Trust, our project opens up what it means to wait in and for healthcare by examining lived experiences, representations and histories of delayed and impeded time.

In an era in which time is lived at increasingly different and complex tempos, Waiting Times looks to understand both the difficulties and vital significance of waiting for practices of care.

Our work is divided across four themes.  Click on these for more information.







You can find out about all the work we are doing right here, including details of workshops, conferences, academic papers and publications and public engagement events.

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The Material Life of Time. The second international Temporal Belongings conference. 15th-17th March 2021, Online via QiQo Chat

Working in collaboration with the ‘Lifetimes’ and the ‘Waiting Times’ projects and the Sydney Environment Institute, this Temporal Belongings conference will bring together scholars, researchers and practitioners interested in the socialities and materialities of time in order to explore how each is shaped by the other.

Keynote speakers for the conference:
Karan Barad (UC Santa Cruz)
On Barak  (author of On Time: Technology and Temporality in Modern Egypt)
Karim-Aly S. Kassam (Cornell)
Rahul Rao (SOAS)
Nisi Shawl (author, editor and journalist)

Registration is open with fees starting from £10 for the full event.


We’d love to hear your story of waiting.

It can be a written story, or a recording, or a video, or a picture.  Whatever you like.



Hit the big red ticket machine to upload your story, video, song, audio file, image or whatever you want to send.



Alternatively, you can email Michael (m.flexer@exeter.ac.uk) to share your story with us.

All stories will be anonymised and have identifying details removed.

Before sending us your story, please read our  Waiting Times Info Sheet  and download a Waiting Times Consent Form.