(One term, two words?): Meaningful temporalities (p. 21)
Covid, as disasters do, disrupt meaningful temporalities—in my own experience, for the first few weeks, time was unchecked, extending long through the day without any meaningful sense of progress. This was also connected to my unemployment (I quit my job and finished my last day a week before Covid broke out). Ironically, part of the reason I quit was to search out more meaningful temporalities (not just of work, but life).
Class, reading, assignments—these have now become a valuable punctuations of time—and this talk of meaningful temporalities makes me grateful to be here.
Sentence: “Yet these two possibilities—that the promise of an innovative, protective, and equivalent Sengalese toxicology (or African science more generally) has been a ‘trick’ to mask or justify the inadequacy of investments in it, or, instead a hopefully, shared, and motivating ideal—are important to keep in mind” (51) — the promise of progress is always (at least) two-sided.
Paragraph: Finding meaningful temporalities through the act of keeping?
“The act of keeping is important because it creates traces not of the unpredictable rhythms of activity and idleness set by North collaborators (as do rain) nor of expectations of progressive nation-building that have crumbled into entrepreneurially driven fragments (as do designs). Instead, it speaks of struggles for and imaginations of extended tempos of scientific activity and of directed movement that reach for the advancement of knowledge and careers, the regulation of contaminated matter, and the protection of publics. Thus we might see the lab’s archive, its records and reports, machines and frozen samples, as made up of—and set in motion by—the ways in which Dakar-based toxicologists and analytical chemists have sought to exercise analytical capacity, as well as of their past and current hopes, worries, ambivalence, or nostalgia” 47