Date(s) - July 2, 2021
4:00 am - 6:00 am
Imaginaries of Transformation: Looking back from the Future
Digital Workshop – 2 July 2021 – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (CET)
This time-travel session will take us from desirable futures back to our complicated past, asking: How do we imagine transformation? Centering on a performative interview with Amaranta Herrero and Dimitris Papadopoulos, set in 2050, this session will engage the playful and transdisciplinary method of the Future Archive project. Developed and facilitated by Manuela Zechner, this method consists in dreaming and drawing up desirable futures, this time through the lens of pandemic video conferencing. Do you remember where the pandemic took our imaginaries of change? Where are you now, in 2050? Dimitris Papadopoulos will tell of alterontological horizons and developments, inspired by the more-than-social movements that keep emerging. Amaranta Herrero was a traveller across academia and policy making back in 2021, and will now reflect on newer everyday urban food sovereignty and ecofeminist revolutions. Manuela Zechner will contribute reflections on how care and inhabitation have shifted, placing lives and bodies at the center of our common attention again. Animating and complicating questions of what is desirable, this workshop will encourage participants to go beyond strictly utopian and dystopian visions of the future, based on their own implicatedness in worlds and struggles. All welcome.
Dimitris Papadopoulos (University of Nottingham)
Amaranta Herrero (Barcelona Sustainable Food Capital; University of Tromsø)
Manuela Zechner (Jena University)
Iris Hilbrich (Hamburg University)
In cooperation with the “MovE” research project‘s strand on “Transversal and translocal connections across ecology and care”, Jena University. Hosted by the Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies “Futures of Sustainability”, University of Hamburg.