Origins and Futures: Time Inflected and Reflected


Origins and Futures: Time Inflected and Reflected provokes an interdisciplinary dialogue about culture, politics, and science’s strategies to divert the relentless trajectory of time. Literature, socio-political policy, physics, among other subjects, demonstrate the human refusal to enlist in temporal determinism. Articles ranging from how detective fiction and international terrorism manipulate the narration of events, to the unlocking of political trauma through forgiveness, to the genetic archaeology of the Human Genome project and the lacunar amnesia of nuclear energy corporations, all argue that wherever human minds meet they wrestle to undo the irrevocable, the irreversible, the fixed. Although such efforts look to the future, they rarely look straight ahead. Whatever their enterprise, writers, philosophers, and scientists believe that origins are alacritous keys to future hopes and aspirations. Contributors include: Marcus Bullock, Michael Crawford, Patricia Engle, Carol Fischer, J. T. Fraser, Sabine Gross, Paul Harris, Rosemary Huisman, Karmen MacKendrick, Steven Ostovich, Walter Schweidler, Friedel Weinert, and Masae Yuasa.
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Biographical Note

Raji C. Steineck, Dr. phil. (1999) in philosophy, Bonn University, is Professor of Japanology at the University of Zurich. His main interest is in the philosophy of culture and symbolic forms. He has published extensively on Japanese philosophy and intellectual history, and edited, with Jo Alyson Parker and Paul A. Harris, Time: Limits and Constraints (Brill, 2010). Claudia Clausius, M.Litt Oxon, Ph D. Toronto, is Associate Professor of English and Chair of Modern Languages at King’s University College/Western University Canada. Her main research area is the intersection between modern art and drama. Among her publications, she has written on Samuel Beckett and Francis Bacon, Paul Klee and modernism, Harold Pinter, and Wole Soyinka.

Table of contents

Obituary Introduction Acknowledgements Section I: "Origins Explained" J. T. Fraser: Founder's lecture Paul Harris: President's Address Walter Schweidler: On the Social Origin of Time in Language Rosemary Huisman: The Origins of Language and Narrative Temporalities Section II: "From Future to Origin: Temporal Inversions and Asymmetries" Sabine Gross: Endings as Origins Carol Fischer: The Time Plays of J. B. Priestley Michael Crawford: Big Science: Marching Forward to the Past Friedel Weinert: The Past-Future Asymmetry Section III: "Futures opened, Futures closed" Steven Ostovich: The Human Temporal Condition Between Memory and Hope Patricia Engle: Bachelard's "Discontinuous Bergsonism" in Zora Neale Hurston's "Sweat" Marcus Bullock: Tales of Time and Terror Masae Yuasa: Futures of August 6th 1945: a case of 'peaceful utilization' of nuclear energy in Japan Karmen MacKendrick: Forgiveness as the Opening of the Future Index List of Contributors


An academic readership interested in time studies in general. An educated readership interested in the subject of origins and futures in literature, narrative theory, politics, philosophy, sciences, drama, social sciences.