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Affective Economies and Anticipation in Post-Crisis Iceland
The economic crisis that hit Iceland in 2008 revealed the existing interdependencies between global forces, local worlds and emplaced practices. Neoliberal reconfigurations of Icelandic political economy and the production of new subjectivities in the 1990s led not only to significant social and cultural changes in Iceland, but also prepared a fertile ground for crisis-to-come. The crisis itself was experienced differently. Similarly, the strategies of dealing with its aftermath have also varied depending on one’s social class belonging and particular economic circumstances. Yet, it was a time of emotional outburst, in which blame, anger and dismay intersected with hope and even joy. Today, Iceland is booming. However, despite the fast recovery, the uncertain future looms large in the present, but cannot be fully explored and comprehend. For many Icelanders, the present triggers the memories and experiences of the recent past. Everyday life occurrences, socio cultural practices and changes in the Icelandic landscape are then seen as reminders of not only “what has happened”, but also “what is about to happen”. The paper seeks to problematise the temporalities of the past experiences, present dynamic and future-making by exploring the relationship between affective economies and anticipation in post-crisis Iceland.