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The explosion of Real Time and the structural conditions of temporality in a society of control: durations and urgencies of academic research

Lapping, C; (2016) The explosion of Real Time and the structural conditions of temporality in a society of control: durations and urgencies of academic research. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education , 43 (4) pp. 978-995. 10.1080/01596306.2016.1185092. Green open access

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Abstract

In the context of ongoing debates about the distinctive temporalities associated with contemporary regulative regimes, this paper explores the interpretive trajectories initiated in contrasting conceptualisations of the politics of time. This exploration is developed through analysis of interview data from a study of unconscious relations in academic practice. Section one uses one moment of data to contrast phenomenological, Deleuzian and Lacanian theorisations of the relation between time and subjectivity. Section two is an exegesis of Lacan’s paper on Logical Time. This outlines the way temporality is structured in relation to the subject’s guess about the expectations of the Other. Section three uses this to develop an interpretation of three temporalities that constitute the space of contemporary academic subjectivities. The final section considers the intensification of the juxtaposition of these incongruent temporalities, contrasting Lacanian and Deleuzian theorisations of time in the Real/virtual and their implications for both methodological and political strategy.

Type: Article
Title: The explosion of Real Time and the structural conditions of temporality in a society of control: durations and urgencies of academic research
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2016.1185092
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2016.1185092
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/Licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: temporality, society of control, Lacan, Logical Time, duration, urgency, Deleuze, continuity
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1502184
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