P22 - Rhythm, sight and sound: work in times of uncertainty (2021)

  • Conference Panel
  • 1h 28m

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Panel 22 - Rhythm, sight and sound: work in times of uncertainty

Convenors: Sandro Simon (University of Cologne), Valerie Haensch (University of Bayreuth), Ian M. Cook (Central European University Open Education)

Short abstract: Skilled practices, routinized action and work provide temporal orientations and produce familiar sensory experiences. In moments of uncertainty, however, such habitual engagements are challenged. Focusing on sight, sound and movement we ask what practices and rhythms (re-)form in relation to crisis.

During the first 50-minute session we will discuss all 8 presentations with the aid of an assigned discussant and collaborative online notetaking tools. During the second 50-minute session we will discuss the common and divergent themes, ideas and concepts that link the presentations.

If non-presenting members of the audience wish to see extended versions of the presentations (which will exist in some cases), then please email the conveyers in advance of the sessions.


  • “Maybe just one more order…”: The sensory work of gig economy couriers negotiating rhythm
    Authors: Jack Warner (University of Kent), Dawn Lyon (University of Kent, UK)

  • Rhythms of taskship at sea
    Author: Montse Pijoan (University of Barcelona)

  • Infrastructuring and sensing changing environments: Exploring engagements with the aesthetics of the unfamiliar in times of crisis
    Author: Valerie Haensch (University of Bayreuth)

  • Conducting the City: A Short Essay Film on Housing Brokers and Urban Change in India
    Author: Ian M. Cook (Central European University Open Education)

  • Gleaning for Rhythm: Routine and Rupture in Volatile Lifeworlds
    Author: Sandro Simon (University of Cologne)

  • Workers Leaving the Cinema: Rhythms of work and cinematic-time in Old Delhi
    Author: Rosemary Grennan (University College London)

  • Visualizing Vinyasa: Temporalities and Rhythms in Online Representations of Yogic Practice
    Author: Schuyler Marquez (Arizona State University)

  • How to mourn: Rhythms of Passage in north-central Namibia, Oukwanyama
    Author: Yannick van den Berg (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)

A live discussion with the contributors will take place on Zoom on Sunday 28 March, 16:30 - 18:20 UTC+1. Find the roundtable abstract and a link to join the live discussion here.

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