Temporality in participation and observation: perspectives from Albania and Georgia


  • Martin Demant Frederiksen University of Aarhus




Whereas the notion of time has usually been seen as an analytical concept, this article focuses issues of time and temporality as methodological tools in anthropological fieldwork. Based on empirical examples from Albania and the Republic of Georgia, the article explores issues of observation and participation in relation to time seen objectively as history and change, that is, time passing by leaving various signs of alteration, and time as a subjective experience, that is, the way time is experienced locally.

Author Biography

Martin Demant Frederiksen, University of Aarhus

Martin Demant Frederiksen is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology and Ethnography, University of Aarhus, Denmark. He is currently working on a project on time, agency and materiality among marginalised male youth in the Autonomous Republic of Ajara in Western Georgia. He can be contacted etnmdf(AT)hum.au.dk.