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Relational creativities as transformative method: thinking from East Asia I 
Jamie Coates (University of Sheffield)
Iza Kavedzija (University of Cambridge)
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Roger Sansi Roca (Universitat de Barcelona)
Old Physics Building, Emeleus Lecture Theatre
Friday 29 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

We take inspiration from early engagements with themes of hope, transformation, and the commons in East Asia, but welcome cross-cultural comparisons. Participants will explore the role of 'relational creativity' as a method of hope and transformation from a global anthropological perspective.

Long Abstract:

Creativity, as a practice and a capability, is a mode of relating to the world(s) and each other. It produces distinct socialities, from artistic networks to creative hobbies, which help people navigate change and generate a sense of hope in trying times. Socialities emerging out of creative practices, or relational creativities, have been central to the ways that people in East Asia have responded to fears about the future and concerns about inequalities in the present.

Developing into fields such as ‘hope studies’ (kibōgaku) in Japan, these debates have assessed how the challenges of financial and demographic decline, alongside tragic disasters and geopolitical turmoil, have necessitated new ways of thinking about transformation and building commons within the East Asian context.

In this panel, we take inspiration from early engagements with themes of hope, transformation, and the commons in East Asia, paying specific ethnographic attention to the role of relational creativity in the development of methods of hope and transformation. Treating the phrase 'relational creativity' as a means to inspire different lines of thought, we invite ethnographic reflections that engage with the role of creativity as a relation and a means to addressing uncertainty. While we invite participants to think from East Asia, we welcome scholars focusing on other contexts, such as Europe, to think comparatively across regions as a means to building an anthropological commons.

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Session 1 Friday 29 July, 2022, -