CfP: Rhythm, sight and sound: work in times of uncertainty, RAI conference, March 25-28, 2021

We invite paper proposals for our panel

*Rhythm, sight and sound: work in times of uncertainty*

(P22) at the RAI Film Festival virtual conference.


March 25–28, 2021, Bristol (UK), virtual conference

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.

Long abstract:

Skilled practices, routinised action and work provide temporal orientations and produce familiar sensory experiences and engagements with the world. Their rhythmic repetitions bring forth difference, bridge planned and situated actions, and mark moments of movement and pause. Ultimately, they allow individuals and groups to apprehend the future. In moments of crisis and uncertainty, however, such habitual sensory and rhythmic engagements are challenged and might become fragmented, affecting individual and social identities, relations and trajectories. By taking these sensual disturbances and temporal frictions as a starting point of inquiry, the panel explores how work (in a broad sense) and its embodied practices are experienced and challenged. Sight, sound, movement and rhythm, which are strongly connected and usually guide working processes, might need sensual and bodily (re)adjustments. Focusing on sight, sound and movement we ask what forms of (new) practices and rhythms are being (re-)produced and emerge in relation to crisis. How does improvisation and creativity provide agentivity and orientation in uncertain circumstances? How does the absence or the arrhythmicity of action (waiting, unemployment, ruined landscapes etc.) shape these processes and experiences and how do they inform and translate into audiovisual production and representation? How do visuality and sound relate to each other in this respect? And how can we audio-visually approach the sensuous-experiential dimension of work in moments of crisis? We invite empirical, theoretical or methodological submissions in textual, visual, audio or multimodal formats that address the question of work, its sensory engagement and rhythmicity in times of uncertainty.

Please submit your paper proposals here:

For an overview of the conference see:

Deadline for submission is November 15, 2020


Sandro Simon (University of Cologne)
Valerie Hänsch (LMU Munich)
Ian M. Cook (Central European University / Open Education)

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