Imaginaries of Transformation

Imaginaries of Transformation (2021/2050)

This time-travel session took 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 workshop looked 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 tells 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 here reflects on newer everyday urban food sovereignty and ecofeminist revolutions. Manuela Zechner contributed 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 encouraged participants to go beyond strictly utopian and dystopian visions of the future, based on their own implicatedness in worlds and struggles. This recording features part 1 of the workshop, with presentations by Papadopoulos, Herrero and Zechner (part 2, the public workshop, was not recorded).

Dimitris Papadopoulos (University of Nottingham)
Amaranta Herrero (Barcelona Sustainable Food Capital; University of Tromsø)

Organized/facilitated by:
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.

Video of 2nd july 2021 – set in 2050.


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