13. Kongress der International Society for Ethnology and Folklore in Göttingen

28.03.2017 (14:02)

Postdoc Čarna Brković über "Visions of future and the production of meaning in displacement"

Vom 26. bis 30. März 2017 findet an der Universität Göttingen der 13. Kongress der International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF) statt. Mit dabei: Čarna Brković, Postdoktorandin der Graduiertenschule für Ost- und Südosteuropastudien in Regensburg.

Die Sozialanthropologin Brković trägt am 28. März im Rahmen des Panels "Living in space - Earth orbit and beyond: a novel confluence of agency, culture, design, technology, and purpose" vor. Ihr Vortrag mit dem Titel "Visions of future and the production of meaning in displacement" beschäftigt sich mit Zukunftsvisionen und der Frage, inwiefern die Erfahrungen und Erwartungen von Flüchtlingen und Vertriebenen geeignet sein können, die Herausforderungen von Langzeit-Raumflügen zu erfassen.

Brković forscht an der Graduiertenschule zum Schicksal von Flüchtlingen in Südosteuropa sowie zu Fragen der sozialen Gerechtigkeit und der humanitären Hilfe.

Abstract des Vortrags

This paper considers what can be learned about long-duration spaceflights from the existing practices of the displaced on Earth. Drawing from anthropological analyses and ethnographic research on refugees and IDPs, it discusses two points. First, it suggests that human dwelling in outer space would require paying special attention to the visions of the future, particularly middle- and distant futures. The astronaut training generally produces visions of the immediate future, by preparing astronauts for the procedures and operations that need to be done to keep the spaceship going and to keep oneself and the mission alive. However, it is unclear how a crew of a long-duration spaceflight would conceptualize futures that are temporally further away, especially during an exploratory, long-term journey. Socio-historically particular visions of future deeply affect everyday life of humans, while uncertainties over future are related to social instabilities. The paper offers some initial thoughts on this. It looks at the contemporary and historical examples of visions of future, including different utopias, dystopias, and "failed" futures, in order to understand what sort of social life these visions of future have had and how they affected everyday practices of people who practiced them. Second, the paper looks at what can be learned about the process of giving meaning to objects and spaces around oneself from the experience of those who permanently left their place of residence, such as refugees and IDPs.