This panel focuses on how people see (currently or in earlier times) themselves, their agency and well-being, in relation to existing realities and imagined futures and how these views are narrated in varying contexts.
In everyday lives people face variety of individually experienced or collectively shared challenges calling for active agency and imaginative ideas in finding ways to to tackle these issues. Ideas for making one’s life better or being able to survive at all may be something never heard of before or they may be ideas taken from the past, old traditions re-interpreted for current uses. Better futures and well-being are also central issues when existing societies are critised and alternatives are introduced. Often utopias are related with larger societies or communities of the like-minded but as well they may be thought of as, for example, futures or everyday lives envisioned by individuals, ordinary people, trying to make best possible choices and decisions for their own well-being. This panel focuses on how people see (currently or in earlier times) themselves in relation to existing realities and imagined futures and how these views are expressed in different kinds of narratives.