Exploring “Heterochronias”

  • Karin DecknerEmail author


This contribution uses Foucault’s (1967) powerful concept of Heterotopias as theoretical input to discover and identify those times that are (or are becoming) rather uncommon, exotic, or margin in certain mediated contexts. The background of this exploration is delivered by Helga Nowtony’s concept of eigenzeit (1989) and media-based eigenzeit (2016): taken together, these will help to examine changed experienced time structures due to technological developments. The proposition is to follow Foucault’s general idea, but to shift the focus from analysing space to analysing time and therefore to use the term “heterochronia” in analogy to “heterotopias.” Hereby, the focus will be on those temporal structures that are associated with the use of digital media. This contribution aims at identifying some of those times in everyday life.


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  1. 1.Berlin University of the ArtsBerlinGermany

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