Accepted Paper:

Dream encounters in Muslim Bosnia: imagination, divination, revelation and malcontent modernities  
David Henig (University of Kent)

Paper long abstract:

This paper analyses relationships between dreaming, imagination, meaning and agency in Muslim Bosnia. In this paper I introduce three ethnographic-cum-dream nuggets concerning levels of imagination, divination and revelation. These interrelated ethnographic-cum-dream micro-case-studies are used in order to consider malcontent modernities in contemporary Muslim Bosnian society. In so doing, the paper seeks to examine the capacity and power of an imagination to transfigure dreams creatively into comprehensive and persuasive narratives that help to cope with and overcome the maladaptive forces of modernities. Hence, I explore the ways dreams and imaginations intersect and how a creative power of imagination might be a persuasive force to action.

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The imagination in times and spaces of crisis: day and night dreaming as forms of creative invention