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Accepted Paper:

Future Memory Work: Unsettling temporal Othering through speculative research practices  
Anne S. Chahine (Research Institute for Sustainability Helmholtz Centre Potsdam)

Paper short abstract:

This paper introduces ‘future memory work’ as a conceptional framework and speculative practice to unsettle temporal hierarchies that lead to Othering through time as part of the anthropological project, proactively making use of how the future shapes the way we (re)construct the past in the now.

Paper long abstract:

This paper introduces ‘future memory work’ as a conceptional framework and speculative practice to unsettle temporal hierarchies that lead to Othering through time as part of the anthropological project. By adding a future dimension to memory work, a concept and methodological tool to better understand how we make sense of the world around us, it becomes possible not only to acknowledge but proactively make use of how the future shapes the way we (re)construct the past in the now. The paper foregrounds a study wherein young Indigenous people from Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland) were invited to create ‘future memories’ for subsequent generations by producing 'memory texts' that best represent what they consider worth preserving. In my research, I utilize the future to elevate the present in conjunction with the past and illustrate how this future-orientation offers an alternative temporal frame to investigate young Kalaallit’s (Greenlandic Inuit) multitemporal relations to the world.

Panel P43b
Lateral Ethnographies: Exploratory Knowledge Production, Speculative Fictions, and Alternative Future-Making
  Session 1 Friday 10 June, 2022, -