W059
Political ruptures and political subjectivities: how do young generations make sense of their world in a context of uncertainty?

Convenors:
Judith Hayem (Université Lille 1/CLERSE)
Molemo Moiloa (Market Photo Workshop)
Michael Neocosmos (University of South Africa)
Stream:
Workshops
Location:
V303
Start time:
13 July, 2012 at 11:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

How do generations born after a political rupture make sense of their uncertain present? Papers must combine ethnographic material with theoretical or epistemological reflection regarding ways to analyze political subjectivities in uncertain contexts beyond political ruptures.

Long abstract:

Mai 1968, the fall of the Berlin wall, the end of apartheid, etc. those political ruptures have often led to describing the following generations as being "post-evental". Although the youth did not experience the historical moments in relation to which their subjectivities have been accounted for, they are supposed to acknowledge that the world they belong to has been transformed by them in a positive or a negative way. Older generations in particular might expect young people to think positively of their present with regards to the past or to deplore today because yesterday is understood as a golden age. More often than not however, forms of thinking and political subjectivities of the "post-evental" generations are not in conformity with such chronologies. They do not see their world as a better one but as an uncertain one, although they hopefully might see some novel perspectives and possibilities in it. The workshop welcomes ethnographies and anthropological analyses in a comparative perspective. It will focus on various "post" generations in the world and will examine how their political subjectivities deal with the uncertainty of a present, beyond major political ruptures. The papers might either focus on youth perceptions of their uncertain present or on the possibilities they may see in it, in spite of or thanks to the previous rupture, or they could focus on the conflict of subjectivities between former and new generations. Papers must combine ethnographic material with epistemological reflection regarding ways to analyze political subjectivities in uncertain contexts beyond political ruptures.