CfP| IUAES 2020 in Sibenik: Whose Future is it?


Liebe Listenmitglieder,

der IUAES-Kongress soll wie geplant vom 7. bis 11. Oktober 2020 in
Šibenik/Kroatien stattfinden. Wir freuen uns weiterhin und noch bis zum
15. August über Abstracts zum Panel *
*“Whose Future Is It? Temporality and Asymmetric Politics in Times of

Beste Grüße
Alexandra Schwell (University of Klagenfurt)
SašaPoljak Istenič (ZRC SAZU Ljubljana)

Panel abstract

Anthropology and ethnology have only recently begun to analyse how the
future influences the present and how possible futures inform actors‘
everyday actions in the present (Pink and Salazar 2017). Imaginations,
anticipations, and aspirations regarding the future (Appadurai 2013) are
informed by social, cultural, political, economic, and historical
legacies and asymmetries. Such cleavages run across societies and the
globe, dividing populations according to class, „race“, gender, and
generations. Public debates and politics surrounding Fridays for Future,
climate change adaptation, the „refugee crisis“, right-wing populism or
illiberal democracies are increasingly framed in terms of generational
confrontation and merge with imaginations of global and social
hierarchies and asymmetries. Yet, the position of an actor speaking in
the name of a generation constitutes a privileged position of
enunciation, and this position derives its power from the asymmetry
which it creates. In this panel, we seek to analyse how imaginations and
aspirations of a future are mobilized by different actors and
institutions who claim authority to speak in the name of future
generations. We are interested in the politics of fighting for the
planet, national identities, democracy etc. and the way blaming
populations constitutes and reproduces hierarchies in the name of
generational and global justice. We aim to open a debate on discursive,
affective, mobilizing, and hegemonic strategies to justify interventions
in political, economic, environmental, and other arenas by paying
attention to the notion of urgency and the way it is instrumentalized
for social and political divisions based on temporalities in times of

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