W008
Recasting pasts and futures: imagination and belonging across generations in Europe

Convenors:
Susanna Trnka (University of Auckland)
Haldis Haukanes (University of Bergen)
Discussant:
Frances Pine
Stream:
Location:
JHT4
Start time:
26 August, 2010 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

This panel explores intersections between lived histories and imagined futures across different generations in Europe. Probing how the past is re-conceptualized in constructions of the future, and vice versa, we examine relationships between the imagination and representations of time and belonging.

Long abstract:

This panel aims to explore the intersections between lived histories and imagined futures across different generations in Europe. Probing how the past is actively re-conceptualized and utilized in imaginative constructions of the future - and vice versa - our aim is to situate narratives of 'belonging' - personal, familial, gendered, ethnic and/or national - within imagined and embodied representations of the past, present and future. We further aim to explore the importance of personal and collective historical "turning points" in the formation of intra-and inter-generational discourses on loss and dislocation on the one hand, and hopes and wishes for the future on the other, taking into account the fact that the moments of rupture written into official histories do not always form the basis for either personal or other kinds of collective narratives of the past.