The German Society for Time Policy (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zeitpolitik e. V. – DGfZP) is a network of researchers and practitioners who try to bring to the fore the temporal conditions prevalent in society. Our members are affiliated with different institutions such as universities, schools, advanced training, local authorities, non-governmental organizations, the arts, enterprises, churches, care institutions, trade unions etc. The mission of the DGfZP as a time-related think tank is: to analyse temporal conflicts, develop societal knowhow on temporal conditions and their consequences for societal well-being, bring available knowledge and knowhow together, suggest topics for in-depth analyses, develop instruments for explicit temporal interventions and policies, promote public discourse in view of political and societal decision-making.
The DGfZP was founded in October 2002 with the aim of bringing together isolated projects and individuals working on temporal issues in society. Initially there were six major lines of research and activism: working times, ecology of time, times of the city, temporal welfare, gender and time structures in everyday life, time and (health) care. Even though time policy is steadily gaining in importance – in everyday life and the life course, at the workplace, in associations and politics, in the media – awareness of its relevance is still insufficient. Therefore, sensitizing the public for temporal issues and the often-hidden temporal impacts of different policies is a core competence of the DGfZP.
Our work is crucially committed to temporal autonomy and individual as well as collective temporal welfare, the basic concepts being the right to time and temporal justice. The right to time was developed within the DGfZP and became part of a Council of Europe’s Resolution (313 (2010)). We seek to make time a matter of public debate and a constituent part of political decision- making – to give time a voice.
Time policy-making in the DGfZP relies on the contributions of individuals from a wide range of professions and activities. Funding is provided by the contributions of our members and by donations. All work done within the DGfZP is voluntary work by the members and the board.
Three publications might serve as calling cards of our Society:
In addition to our webpage (www.zeitpolitik.de) there are two formats of outreach which are especially important:
Moreover, members contribute to and engage in conferences, hearings, publications, interviews in a great variety of contexts. We also try to develop cooperation with time researchers, activists, artists in German speaking countries and within the EU. More recently, we have initiated several campaigns, some of them with an explicit focus on international cooperation:
We welcome any support and ideas you might contribute. If you have a time policy concern, the extended board is open for cooperation – in giving time a voice.
Even if a German based Society the DGfZP is more and more cooperating with partners in the EU and trying to push forward the general idea of time policy and to support specific time political issues. Recently two major activities are important:
In many countries there are controversies, campaigns or legal initiatives to abolish the switch to DST in spring and back again in autumn and return to permanent standard time or to permanent DST. In essence the conflict is between solar time, social times and experienced time.
The dossier is a time policy document and an opportunity to discuss different models and arguments systematically, to support a rational decision making based on a evaluation of the respective pros and cons – according to available scientific knowledge – for a feasible and pragmatic solution.
All over Europe citizens perceive acceleration, time pressure, temporal conflicts and incompatibilities, discrimination, and injustice. In this memorandum we urge the European institutions to implement an explicit time policy, which contributes to a better quality of life, to more equality and justice in the relations between genders and generations and to sustainable development. We plead for a “right to time” and for the creation of a European space, to bring together time political knowledge and experience and care for its to dissemination in Europe.
Download »Memorandum. Il diritto al tempo. Un tema urgente per l’agenda europea.« – italiano
Download »Memorandum: The Right to Time, an urgent topic on the European Agenda« – english
Download »Tribune Le droit au temps Une thématique urgente à mettre à l’agenda européen« – français
Download »Tribuna El derecho al tiempo, un tema urgente en la agenda europea« – español
In 2015 we published an overview of European time policy initiatives: