Accepted paper:

Introduction by convenors: memory practices and prefiguration in social movements - biographical and collective approaches in digital and material spaces


Marion Hamm (University of Klagenfurt)
Johanna Stadlbauer (University of Klagenfurt, Austria)

Paper short abstract:

Social movements are suspended between radical memories and imagined futures. They produce new social imaginations looking to both past and future. In their everyday realities, they prefigure alternative futures (Maeckelbergh), and construct radical heritages which ground them in history. As moments of collective creation (Eyerman/Jamison), social movements provide societies with new forms of social imagination which circulate in embodied and digital forms. This panel introduction outlines concepts to study the radical production of social imagination with a focus on biographical and collective practices of memory and prefiguration.

Paper long abstract:

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Radical memories, imagined futures: practices of history-making and prefiguration in social movements