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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - A Geography of Time

26th November 2012, 20:00, Penthouse Suite, Collingwood College, Professor Robert Levine

Social psychologist Robert Levine asks us to explore a dimension of our experience that we take for granted--our perception of time.

When we travel to a different country, or even a different city in our own country, we assume that a certain amount of cultural adjustment will be required, whether it's getting used to new food or negotiating a foreign language, adapting to a different standard of living or another currency. But it is often the alien pace of life that shocks us most.  Levine takes us on a tour of time-keeping around the world, raising some questions along the way: How do we use our time? Are we being ruled by the clock? What is this doing to our cities?  To our relationships?  To our own bodies and psyches?  Perhaps, Levine argues, our goal should be to try to live in a "multitemporal" society, one in which we learn to move back and forth among nature time, event time, and clock time.

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This lecture is free and open to all. 

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Map - Collingwood College is denoted as building No: 6

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