Panel at the Anthropology Day – 7 June 2019, Leiden
This panel will focus on the theme of the Dutch Anthropology Day, FUTURES. The future is an emerging field for anthropology. It can be situated in the turn from “dark anthropology” toward the good and hope (Ortner 2016). But it also stems from anxiety over our troubled present and the global challenges of the Anthropocene, which breeds a sense of urgency to constructively work towards a sustainable future. Because our imaginations of the future are thoroughly mediated by culture (Appadurai 2013), anthropology is especially suited to create a richer understanding of the affective orientations that shape shared and different notions of the future: from fears and anxieties, to aspiration, anticipation, expectation, speculation, desire, and destinies (Bryant and Knight 2019).
For this panel we welcome papers that address how anthropologists can contribute to the study of the future. We welcome empirically grounded papers that address the following topics (among others): future oriented challenges of our time (including but not limited to environmental, economic, and political challenges); understandings and imaginations of the future; methodological reflections on how to study notions of the future; and reflexive papers on the futures that anthropologists imagine and strive for.
We especially welcome paper proposals from Master alumni and PhDs candidates!
Please send your abstracts of no more than 300 words to: Nikkie Wiegink – N.Wiegink@uu.nl