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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Hopes: Emotional Solidarities and Affective Futures in “Dark” Times


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 31 Aug 10:00 - 14:00


Room 3.136

Anthropology has not only documented, but also experienced itself a shift from hopeful futures to a rather bleak outlook on societies marked by neoliberalism and neonationalism. While the orientation to the future looms large in the present, it has lost its progressive promise. It is a time of multiple crises and uncertainties as well as of emerging possibilities and (more modest) hopes, which jointly impact the future gaze. We witness various new forms of imagining, sensing and acting upon what lies ahead, which go along with different, often unexpected hopes and solidarities, but also with new obstacles and “cruel optimism”, with the destruction of solidary ties and new forms of exclusion. The panel looks at contemporary notions of hope and solidarity, especially those currently emerging or in the process of making, which have not yet been fully registered or conceived. It focuses on the role of affects and emotions in ethnographic encounters with futures in making. Solidarities are thus approached as temporary assemblages that can be created along the lines of dark or bright futures. They involve complex ways of dealing with the present, while anticipating the future. In a similar way, hope is affectively charged and future-oriented. While “the principle of hope” (Bloch) was for long clearly marked by a neo-Marxist version of the society to come, new forms of hope mark the current conjuncture. We invite papers, which by drawing on ethnography explore futures in the making in relation with emerging solidarities and hopes, emotions and affects.


  • P 99.1
    • Dr. Pawlak, Marek (Jagiellonian University in Cracow)
    • Dr. Wellgraf, Stefan (European University Viadrina)
  • P 99.2
    • Dr. Pawlak, Marek (Jagiellonian University in Cracow)
    • Dr. Wellgraf, Stefan (European University Viadrina)

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The remote Frieda River area in Papua New Guinea is home to one of the biggest undeveloped copper and gold deposits in the world. Despite fifty years of exploration the project has not yet developed into a mine. Local communities at the Frieda River often described themselves to me as very remote and excluded from national and regional flows of power and capital. They spoke about being forgot ... More
Presented by Dr. Emilka SKRZYPEK on 31/8/2019 at 10:00
Graduates of doctoral studies face hard choice regarding their future. They can begin building a career outside university or try to stay in academia, which usually means necessity to apply on postdoctoral researcher position to many universities and research institutes. Low number of open positions virtually precludes applying only to home university or within one country. That is often seen as b ... More
Presented by Paweł Tomasz WITANOWSKI on 31/8/2019 at 12:15
Since the 1970s, millions of Southeast Asian refugees have been resettled in Western European countries. This article aims to track the resettlement and integration processes among Laotian Hmong refugees in France and Germany. Particular attention goes to the pivotal role of emotional and intimacy capital in Hmong community to provide comfort and courage to group members, while adapting to a new e ... More
Presented by Tian SHI on 31/8/2019 at 9:00
Ethnographies of marginality often remain limited to the issues of suffering or resistance, as the two analytic options that are offered by researchers to their subjects of inquiry. Our account adds another layer of meaning to the concepts of hope and resistance, one that rather translates to endurance or perseverance on behalf of people who exercise social navigation in fields that are also in mo ... More
Presented by Dr. Cecília KOVAI on 31/8/2019 at 8:40
Heroin addiction in Scotland entails complex compositions of temporal experience. Time for heroin users is often experienced as layered, nonlinear and repetitious, encompassing a complex interplay between past, present and future. Senses of the future as precarious, uncertain and often bleak pervade the present; itself alternately experienced as immersive and subject to continual disruption by the ... More
Presented by Laura ROE
This PhD project focuses on anxieties within minority ethnic communities rooted in the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. While there is a long-established link between government agencies and austerity, we are witnessing a rise in immigration-related tensions in minority ethnic restaurants, and even religious establishments. Specific consideration will be given to German and Polish ... More
Presented by Michael THOMPSON on 31/8/2019 at 10:55
A 2011 sculpture by Spanish street artist Isaac Cordal, entitled “Follow the Leaders,” installed on a cobblestone street in Berlin, features balding, white, male figures in business suits, submerged up to their necks and eyes in a puddle, seemingly huddled in an intense conversation. An image of this sculpture went viral on Twitter and Facebook because it communicates the overwhelming sense of ... More
Presented by Dr. Magdalena KAZUBOWSKI-HOUSTON on 31/8/2019 at 11:15
Arab refugees in Austria have expressed to a great extent concerns about their lives and expectations for their future. These expressions were highly coated in a cultural idiom. Chiefly among these expressions is the Arabic term ghurba, which evokes an affective ideal utopian past homeland at once referring to exile, pointing to present disenfranchisement, and longing for a future return. This pap ... More
Presented by Dr. Leonardo SCHIOCCHET on 31/8/2019 at 8:20
On the eve of Iceland’s 2008 economic collapse, Prime Minister Geir Haarde made a public address to the nation, warning of the troubling times ahead and offering the grave benediction “God Bless Iceland”. In the years following, Haarde’s choice of phrasing has greatly shaped Icelanders’ experience of crisis, casting doubt over the country’s economic future and creating a deep separatio ... More
Presented by Timothy HEFFERNAN on 31/8/2019 at 12:35
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