Time perspective across cultures and across time -research projects updates

These days besides my activities linked to organizing our Network’s next meeting in Copenhagen this August: Celebrating Time, which will run from 15 to 19 August, I’m also working on finalizing two research projects that we started some time ago.

We are still working with Evgeny Osin on figuring out how to make sense out of the data we have from 33 countries using the ZTPI measure. As always with these type of convenience data sets, some things work and some other don’t. But we are making some progress and we hope to finalize the study during our open data lab session during the conference. So if you’re interested in learning how to deal with such data sets, or you have some good advice – you’re more than welcome to drop by. Check out the program of the conference to know when the session will be scheduled.

And as earlier announced in our Network updates – Aleksandra Kostic is editing a new book with current research in time perspective field. Britt Wiberg, me, Grazia Carelli and Marie Wiberg are working on a chapter for that book: Developing empirical profile of the balanced time perspective (BTP) and exploring its stability over time. It has been a very interesting and insightful project involving case studies and a lot of work! Aleksandra has set up a deadline for us – May 25th, so we are doing our best to meet it.

St. Petersburg: what do doping scandal, 3D vision, positive aging and opera have in common?

My trip to Saint Petersburg was so inspiring in so many ways! It was a great pleasure to revisit the St.Petersburg State University and to reconnect with friends and colleagues there and also make new friends and connections.

It was a very insightful round table organized by Stepan Mednikov about the doping scandal in sports and what psychologists can do about it – there were psychologists working with athletes, a coach, students, who work with athletes and very nice discussions. I really enjoyed the session.

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From the talk by B. Rogers “Issues and non-issues in 3D-vision” I took away that purpose of perception is to detect what the world offers us, it is extraction of meaning that it is designed for. We have not evolved in isolated, but rather complex environment, where everything is present at the same time and is rather mixed up. I enjoyed that he was rather critical to his own work and discussing the challenges of making research in the lab conditions, where we try to isolate the particular phenomenon to study a particular mechanism, but what does it give us in the end? How to put all those separate mechanisms back together? And I believe he stirred some minds by announcing that the representations don’t exist.

There was also an insightful session about the link between the current prices for oil, ruble rate and occupational future of students studying in the oil related specializations, which led me to think that oil is a limited resource and it impacts the environment and climate and why do we still use it actually? Why some countries still choose to not to switch to the alternative and less harmful energy resources? Why do students still make a choice towards these type of occupations?

Besides that I enjoyed the section lead by Olga Strizhitskaya “Positive psychology of aging” where Lika Mikeladze was presenting part of her PhD study.

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Besides the conference itself I immensely enjoyed walking around the streets of St.Petersburg. I have also treated myself to an opera show at Mariinsky theater – The Gambler, based on the novel by Dostoyevsky with the music by Sergey Prokofiev (this year is his 125th birthday, so there was a special program dedicated to that occasion) and directed by Valery Gergiev. It was a great show!

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And for those who understands Russian – here is a photo with all the different ads one can see nearby the wardrobe at the Psychology Department at St.Petersburg State University. A funny story happened to me – I needed to leave earlier one day and it happened to be during one of the technical breaks that the wardrobe had. It took us some time together with some organizers of the conference until we managed to retrieve my coat. But then it became more clear why actually almost no one was leaving their coats there ))

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Overall it was a great trip and I’m looking forward to new collaborative ideas that hopefully would bring me back there on another occasion! And many thanks to Olga, who made it all happen!

 

Time Perspective Network – program highlights and other updates

Celebrating Time – TPCPH2016 Highlights

Some of the highlights of this year’s edition of the Time Perspective conference is its cultural satellite events. We are partnering up with the Danish Film Institute and CPH:PIX and co-organize two movie screenings in Cinemateket.

August 18th, at 16:45 – Into Eternity (2009) with introduction by the film director, Michael Madsen (DK) and follow up debate with futurist Patrick van der Duin (NL), climate and energy expert from Greenpeace Tarjei Haaland (DK), psychologist Yaacov Trope (USA) and an architect Marie-Louise Holst (DK).

August 19th, at 18:30 – The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) feature film with introduction and follow-up Q&A session with prof. Philip Zimbardo (USA).

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Time Perspective Network — April updates

What are we working on during April and some other news from the International Time Perspective Network

We have largely finalized the reviews of the submissions for our 3rd International Conference on Time Perspective: Celebrating Time to be held in August 2016 in Copenhagen.  – there are a few things still in progress due to the technical issues we have experienced. We hope that by now all who submitted a proposal have received the confirmation. We will really appreciate if the fees are paid by the end of April. Our budget is very modest and we rely on your contributions in order to proceed further.
We are in the process of developing the draft program. We aim to have it by the end of the month. In order to facilitate the process we invite everyone to register on Conferize platform – so that we can add everyone to the schedule: http://www.tpcph2016.com/schedule – you will receive an invitation. We decided to use this platform for a few reasons – it will allow for all the content of the event to stay long after the conference is over, which was not the case with the two previous events unfortunately. It will also ease the communication between the Network members, share the presentations and much more.
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We are still looking for strategic partners and sponsors for our event in Copenhagen – please give us a had with this. We believe that we have developed a truly unique concept for our next meeting and we just need some extra financial help in order to fully realize our vision. We are working hard on securing additional funding here in Copenhagen – we have already applied for numerous foundations (public and private), but the first answers will come only in the end of May – June.

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Doing time in Saint Petersburg

Exciting news – I am going to make it to the Psychology of the XXI Century Conference in St. Petersburg next week! In case you are around – do let me know! I will be so happy to catch up!

The Conference will run between April 19 and April 21. I am invited to host a round table and talk about our International Time Perspective Network and time perspective research.

I do hope that I will have a bit of time to revisit the city. I haven’t been there since 2003. I’m pretty sure there have been many changes. I’m looking forward to this adventure!

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Очень все неожиданно произошло, но все успели – побегать и понервничать пришлось, как в былые времена, но приглашение в итоге удалось получить, визу оформить, билеты были куплены – так что вылетаю в понедельник в Санкт-Петербург. Буду рада встречам!

Participating in the Danish Research Festival

In the week 17, or from April 25 to May 1, there will be Danish Research Festival running across the country and this year I’ll be part of it!

The organizers say that “the festival programme has about 500 different events in more than 100 cities all over the country and every year more than 65,000 guests visit the festival.” It is ran every year and it is organized by Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

It seems like the main idea of the Festival is to bring science closer to general public. Sounds like fun! I’ll be exploring different events during the week and will keep you updated on my favorites from the proposed programme.

If you are in Copenhagen and you’re interested in psychology of time, please join me!

Psychology of time: Before, after and in-between

April 28th, 19:00 to 21:00 at Rantzausgade 34

Please register here, since the places are limited.

This talk aims to introduce you to the exciting topic of psychological time.

The different roles time plays in our everyday life, how it impacts what we do and how, how the tempo of a city has an impact of our health and how to find a temporal balance will be explored during the talk.

We will also talk about temporal aspects of groups and cultures and how those influence cross-cultural communication and sustainability issues.

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Creative flow as a resource

May 1st, 12:00 to 14:00 at Rantzausgade 34

Please register here, since the places are limited.

This workshop is designed to serve as a window into a different reality, a few hours just for yourself, away from usual stress, uncertainties and routines. An opportunity to zoom out, to do something different or something long forgotten, but enjoyable and invigorating.

It is time to get together with your inner creative and a few other like minded people and do something fun and inspiring.

It is time to take a break, breathe, be with yourself and dissolve in your dreams and then continue with new energy and focus.

It is time to stop waiting for the muse, we’ll start without her, but she’ll join us anyway.

It is time to create and discover!

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Celebrating Time | Copenhagen 2016 | Call for Submissions

We are ready for your submissions

You can’t wait to present your ideas and work that you have been doing?
You can’t wait to show and tell what you know about time to other people?
You can’t wait to sparkle a controversial and inspiring debate?
You can’t wait to redesign subjective (or objective) experience of time?
You can’t wait to present your performance, theater play or sculpture that explores the concept of time?

We’ve got you covered! No need to wait any longer – the submission is open!
You can read here about different possible ways you can participate in this event, dedicated to celebration of time: https://itpnetwork.wordpress.com/contributions/
And if your idea does not really fit in any of those – get in touch! We’ll find a way!

Please submit your proposals here

If you’re an academic and submitting a classical presentation, you know the drill – basic info about the authors, affiliation, contact info you wish to share (email, twitter, linkedin, etc.) and 350 words as an abstract.

If you’re ready for an adventure and want to explore what else can be done with your research results (if you are an academic) or you have an idea for a specific activity – please describe it to the best of your abilities on 1 page max. See the guidelines on specific forms of participation.

The Organizing Committee together with the Scientific Committee reserves the right to propose and allocate you a different format for participation. In such a case you’ll get a proper brief.

Finally, you can pay the registration fee here:

We are accepting submissions until November 15th 2015.

Now it’s us who can’t wait to see how are you going to celebrate time!

More information is on the draft website of the Conference
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Warm welcome to Copenhagen!
#TPCPH2016 team

3rd International Conference on Time Perspective | 1st Announcement

Do you have an exciting new breakthrough that you would like to share on an international platform? It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the 3rd International Conference on Time Perspective!

When: 15-19 August 2016
Where: Copenhagen, Denmark

International Time Perspective Network has been around for 7 years with more than 250 specialists from 40+ different countries affiliated with the Network, this is your chance to add your voice to a large conversation benefiting the greater good!

We dedicate this event to celebration of the concept of time, be it even a persisting illusion. We would like to invite you on this journey with us – to explore the nature of time, to get inspiration and to inspire in return.

We have a great line-up of speakers, who will cover many diverse aspects of the concept of time: psychologists, physicists, futurists, philosophers, designers, innovations consultants and even a science comedian!

Christophe Bureau (France)
Toshiaki Shirai (Japan)
Gerben Westerhof (Netherlands)
P.A. (Patrick) van der Duin (Netherlands)
Michelle Bastian (UK)
Sian Lindley (UK)
Helen Pilcher (UK)
Yaacov Trope (USA)
Sheldon Solomon (USA)
Robert Levine (USA)
and of course, Philip Zimbardo (USA)

In addition to the key-note presentations, the conference will host a number of parallel sessions in variety of formats. Thus we invite submissions on topics that touch upon the exploration the concept of time and time perspective.

As a reference point we include the following key-word cloud:
time, temporality, time perspective (past, present, future, balanced, unbalanced, etc), temporal horizon, past, present, future, life-space, time zone, temporal frame, image of the future, future scenarios, planning (organizational, career, etc.), time management, sense of time, understanding of time, tempo, rhythm, time perception, time attitude, future anxiety, transcendental future, eudaimonic present, presence, sustaining time, experience of time, innovation, well-being, etc.

However, your submissions should not be limited to them. We include those as a starting point.

We welcome contributions in a variety of formats: Idea Labs, workshops, art installation (music, sculptures, visual arts, performances, movie screening with a follow-up debate, work / project groups, presentations, discussion tables / brainstorm groups, debates (can be in the tag team format / polarized opinions format / etc. ), live research experiments, and others.

Your submissions should be in line with the overall vision and goals for the Conference:
We would like it to be fun, engaging, interactive, cross-disciplinary and frame shifting event. We think that the time has come to reinvent the format of the conferences.
We would like it to be a forum, where researchers / academics, entrepreneurs, business people, policy makers and general public meet. We would like it to be a platform where people could put together their competencies and work on finding a solution for a particular problem together. We would like to start a dialogue on different levels.

The Conference in Copenhagen aims to:

  • create dialogue across the disciplines and approaches to time and temporality
  • create a space / platform where academia, innovators, entrepreneurs, policy makers, business people and general public meet
  • create inspiring environment where different real-life challenges can find their solutions
  • apply TP theory to solving real-life problems
  • try out different forms of presentations: more engaging, fun, inspiring beyond the content, aimed to be with and for society
  • live up to our motto: “Diversity of Approaches, Unity of Passion” – to think and act across the disciplines

The organizing committee will mainly concentrate on curating three directions of the Conference: innovation, sustainability and well-being. Feel free to propose activities in other directions!

Important dates:

Submissions and registration will open in late August – we will keep you posted.

Pre-arranged symposia / round tables / debates: 18 October 2015
Early Abstract submission: 15 November 2015
Early bird registration: 17 January 2016
Regular Abstract submission: 25 January 2016
Regular registration: 15 March 2016

Selected papers will be given a possibility to be considered for publication in Time & Society.

Our partners:

We are extremely happy to present some of the partners, who are supporting the Conference already:

Danish Institute for Study Abroad, Denmark
University of Lyon, Social Psychology Group (GRePS), France
Alternative Copenhagen, Denmark
Magnify Money, USA
Liveart.dk, Denmark

More information is on the draft website of the Conference
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Download the call for participation.

Warm welcome to Copenhagen!

Anna, Nicolas, Wessel, Elisenda, Oksana, Lika, Natalie, Antanas, Jonte, James, Mia and Lisa