How is ‚the future‘ conceptualized in anthropology today? And how does the future – as a special temporality – affect anthropological research and its own future in interdisciplinary and public debates?
After the critical remark of Arjun Appadurai that anthropology had quite little to say about the future, especially about future being a “cultural fact” of social imagination and aspiration in the present, there is a notable, growing interest in future making, in past futures and futures of the past, as well as in thinking about temporalities in the plural. Today, the self-critical notion of anthropology’s “Time and the Other” (Johannes Fabian) is being connected to a further inquiry in multiple “other times”. An emerging critique of the “imperialism of universal space and time” (Karen Barad) is thus questioning Eurocentric concepts of linear, teleological “trajectories” (Appadurai) of ‘progress’ and ‘development’.
The way that notions of futurity function as relational categories is evident from a diversity of everyday practices within social fields. Imagination, speculation, anticipation, aspiration, hope, and promise can be understood as heuristic concepts and employed as anthropological research methods. In what ways does this entail a rethinking of the Eurocentric legacy in organizing and positioning anthropological knowledge production – in relation to “other anthropologies” and “anthropologies otherwise” (Eduardo Restrepo & Arturo Escobar)? How does the globalization of the anthropological project affect European based anthropologies and their inner separation that follows a colonial epistemological distinction between the legacies of “Volkskunde” and “Völkerkunde” (Shalini Randeria et al.)?
Questions of this kind will be addressed from an international set of speakers. Lectures will be commented by local discussants. We hope for a stimulating discussion on anthropology as a public discipline that is engaged in critical future making.
Findet im Rahmen des normalen Lehrprogrammes am Institut für Europäische Ethnologie statt, ÜWP Studierende können zusätzlich teilnehmen.
Das Kolloquium findet Hausvogteiplatz 5-7, Raum 0007 statt.
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