Time Space Papers 2012
"central markers," a concept from Goffman (41.7), refers to signs place in a space to indicate who possesses it; contrast with boundary markers. Interesting and underexplored idea. Can imagine a multi-media (even if only as a thought experiment) project where we scan a space (video or panning a photo) and then turn our "sociology of space" lens on and territories around markers are highlighted. Issue around things like markers is where they get their authority and recognition. Very fruitful to think of examples where there is ambiguity and/or conflict and/or explicit rules have been made because implicit ones have proven problematic. Might be extendable to time - how long do markers hold? How long is this sink or spot in the mirror mine? At what point is something just an abandoned object? How do people deal with the "does anyone know if this thing belongs to anyone?" moment? Why is it so hard to bring that up? How long do you have to wait before assuming something might not be a marker? How do central markers and boundary markers relate?

personal space, cones? Maybe how we move around and, like cars, shine a certain "my-ness" light on a cone in front of us? How when that intersects with others we have to interact in some way?

The phenomenology of days of the week - how is the time of Friday not like Saturday not like Sunday and different from Monday to Thursday.

fatalistic time - suggest extended investigation of the 2x2 diagram. Great concept to work to get behind the everyday talk (i.e., it's so easy to make throwaway comments about time pressure, rat race, etc. but harder to dig deep and really exam these things)

sheath space and massage - body/layers/skin/clothing; how do we make that level of physical closeness different from intimacy (esp with strangers); self-consciousness about body, touching, etc. Maybe interview people? Is there a sense in which one can sometimes be naked without being naked? "Everyone knows" about these things, but few have thought them through. Not exactly about space but an old article called "Behavior in Private Places" by Joan Emerson might be of interest. Also think about the space around the massage — massage rooms vs. massage just anywhere or in the middle of a big space. And compare a "personal massage" with the massages all members of a team might get side-by-side after a big bike race.

"negotiation of territoriality: - since you have homelessness going on in other projects, perhaps you could, under broad theme of negotiation of territory, go through concepts in Goffman's "Territoriality" chapter and look at how they apply to being homeless in public space? The section on "modalities of violation" might be particularly relevant for understanding why homelessness (qua homeless people in public, not for the person who is homeless) is a "social problem." Lots of good opportunity to explore these concepts in their obverse.

normative and non-normative time - good concept - broad, how to focus. Brainstorm about widely first? Pace and sequence norms (doing things at the right rate (why is it taking you so long to get your PhD?) and sequence (sex before marriage?)). Time stage norms: “Promising rookie,” “Just an undergrad” vs. “Amazing for an undergrad,” “Getting near that age when you can’t be too careful about…” Prodigies (Mozart, Jesus teaching in the temple at 12, but also "dying too young"). Talking too often, not calling home often enough, etc. How broad can you take the concept? How can you categorize these? What one will you focus on?

personal space. Bus? Seating patterns? Variations when crowded or not? How do people "make space for"? How do people manage interaction across space when seated apart? What do we do to sit comfortably among strangers? How is a bus different from a church? Airplane? Lots of fun possibilities.

Turns. Are you thinking spatial turn taking, queues and the like? Big topic that has interesting overlaps with time, OTOH, and with formal modeling and economics and math on the other. Another aspect is turn taking in conversation which is big topic in the field of "conversation analysis." Maybe borrow the book Queuing and Waiting by Barry Schwarz? Great area where micro rules can lead to interesting macro patterns and where coordination problems arise (as when it doesn't matter who goes first but someone must go first and it's better if we agree who).

Shared living spaces. Maybe compare management of mine-ness/our-ness of spatial stuff? Things and locations. Maybe time intersects here? Does status of space change with time? Exercise: go through Goffman and ask how/whether each thing applies?