Ethnographies of hope 
Susana Durão (UNICAMP (São Paulo, Brazil))
Maria Claudia Coelho (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro)
Send message to Convenors
Wednesday 11 July, 11:30-13:15, 14:30-16:15, Thursday 12 July, 9:00-10:45 (UTC+0)

Short Abstract:

This workshop discusses, under an ethnographical approach, hope and the social actions it engenders. It welcomes research results on hope's relations to time, morality and politics; hope's cultural organization in relation to power/authority; and the work done by hope in daily intimate relations.

Long Abstract:

Hope seems to be simultaneously a feeling and an action (since it produces some 'things' or 'results'). The elusive sense of the notion derives from the fact that hope seems to express more of a moral emotion than a cognitive proposition. In his work Imaginative Horizons, Vincent Crapanzano portrays hope as a feeling moved by desire and a sense of mediated future. Its political relevance would come from the kind of relationship it establishes with the future. That would allow us to include reflections on hope among the broader issue of the relations between emotions, time and politics (as it is the case with resentment, the emotional link it establishes with the past and the (im) possibilities for change it therefore allows for).

In this Workshop we call for papers on three issues that may help us produce what we call here "ethnographies of hope":

* Memory and time: Which are hope's operational modes in its relation with temporality and historicity? How may hope persist or be interrupted in the life-course of people and collectives? How does hope connect with the repair of memories of violence and abuse?

* Status, power and authority: Who are the ones entitled to claim for hope in the name of collectivities? Is there such thing as "hope policies"? How is hope culturally organized and semiotically displayed?

*Intimacy and relation: How to explore anthropologically the intimacy of feelings related with hope in daily-life relational constellations? How to describe the work done by dreams of hope?

Accepted papers: