Once upon a time

‘Waiting Times’ brings together an interdisciplinary team to investigate waiting as a cultural and psychosocial concept, and an embodied and historical experience, in order to analyse and understand the relationship between time and care.

Working across Medical Humanities and Psychosocial Studies, our project uncovers the history, cultural representation, and psychosocial organisation of delayed and impeded time, from 1860 to the present. This research attends both to the agonies and the unexpected possibilities found within waiting and underpins focused investigations of ‘watchful waiting’ in current general practice, psychotherapy, and end of life care. We ask which ideas of time are at work within healthcare, developing new models of durational temporality to conceptualise how waiting might operate as a form of careful attention, historically and in the present. By contextualising these healthcare practices within broader social organisations of time, the project opens up the meanings, difficulties, and potentialities of waiting in current times.

Through academic publications and extensive public engagement, ‘Waiting Times’ is working to reframe current debates about waiting in and for healthcare and enable a more comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the relation between waiting, care, and changing experiences of time.

Image: Fontes 1992/2008 by Cildo Meireles

Telling the Time

CFP for the Accelerated Academy

The Accelerated Academy have issued a CFP for their upcoming conference on temporality in May this year.  Here are the details or visit their website. Academic Timescapes: Perspectives, Reflections, Responsibilities May 24-25, 2018, Villa Lanna, Prague, Czech Academy of Sciences Keynote lecture: Barbara Adam (Cardiff) After meetings in Prague, Warwick and Leiden, the fourth Accelerated …

Fully-funded three-year PhD on the Waiting Times project

The Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, is pleased to announce the availability of a fully-funded three-year doctoral studentship, (starting in autumn 2018), to work on ‘Waiting Times’, to be supervised by Dr. Lisa Baraitser. ‘Waiting Times’ is funded by a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Research Award held by Dr. Lisa Baraitser (Birkbeck) and …