Tem05
Righteous futures: morality, temporality, and prefiguration

Convenors:
Assa Doron (Australian National University)
Craig Jeffrey (Universtiy of Melbourne)
Location:
Old Quad-G18 (Cussonia Court Room 2)
Start time:
3 December, 2015 at 11:00
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

The panel considers the connections between morality and temporarilty. It examines visions of the past, the moral values attached to 'the present', the connections between the future and virtue and the moral valences of temporal ideas such as progress, degeneration, repair, waiting, and development.

Long abstract:

This panel considers the connections between morality and temporarilty. Participants will examine how people utilise visions of the past to claim righteousness, the moral values attached to 'the present', the connections between the future and virtue, and - more broadly - the moral valences of temporal ideas such as progress, degeneration, repair, recycling, waiting, and development. Within this broad interest in morality and temporality, we invite papers that explore an emergent cultural and/or visual order that give rise to particular constructions of the self and 'other', while affording the opportunity for new forms of practice. Several participants highlight the degree to which individuals and organizations engaged in transformative social action or politics are using 'prefiguration' as a moral strategy. The act of 'being the change you want to see in the world' has become a key means of promoting social transformation, as for example the Occupy Movement and Squatters Movement both show. It is also an important basis for moral projects among people 'on the ground' in many parts of North Africa, South Asia, and South America.