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Introducing Anne and her Relationship to the Technology of Time

Anne Dalke's picture

So, I'll kick off the introductions. I'm Anne; you can find out more about my academic interests on my college homepage; on the personal side, I'm a Quaker in a secular culture; a 4x mom (and just this fall a 2x mother-in-law, and this spring upcoming: a GRANDMOTHER!!!) here amongst 20-somethings; a commuter from midtown Philly who lives a good deal of the time on a farm in Virginia (when I'm not living in some fictional world or another, which is where I actually spend most of my time).

All that aside, I'm finding it a little bit hard to answer my own prompt here: I'm thinking of traditional "feminine" technologies that are important to me (I love to cook; and and I knit); of contemporary and to-me-ungendered ones (I live on/in my computer); and of how others, like the train, and its unremitting but also unpredictable schedule, have become increasingly important to me recently.

But I think I want to focus, for a moment here, on the clock: I'd like to meditate on the technologies of time--how it's kept; how it can expand or contract, independent of the clock; the ways in which I am driven by it and find myself free of it. Consider these, for example, these two contrasting representations of time:  Carolus Linnaeus' Floral Clock (which attends to the sleep of plants), and what my schedule looks like on Zimbra this week (when very little sleep is happening!)



jlebouvier's picture


Hi! My name is Julia and I am a Fine arts major. The MIG welding machine has been the most influential piece of technology in my life, but I guess that is because I need it to finish my thesis. I had never done any metal work before coming to Bryn Mawr, so when I started taking sculpture classes and learned to weld my life changed completely. I had come into college thinking that I would study history of art, but only take studio art classes when I had extra time. The first time I used the MIG welder I knew that I was not meant for a life in regular academic classes. This is not the newest technology, but I've never been the most up to date person with technological advances. This is why I have not and will not buy a smart phone. I have a simple, free with your new plan, flip phone. I was kind of upset when I had to upgrade to a camera phone. The reason I don't like smart phones is because I like having some alone time. I despise the idea of having a phone that can take pictures/videos, check your facebook, search the internet, and worst of all send you e-mail updates. I don't judge others for having them, but I really like having my space and not having every aspect of my life following me around. I don't think I would ever get one over the course of this class.

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