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#476 Living the future: Pre-figuring the role of climate movements and social sciences amidst urgency and uncertainty


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Title Dr Organization / Institution University of Tartu / / Tallinn University Department Dept. of Ethnology / / School of Humanities
Address 23 Church Rd Postal / Zip code RH2 8HY Country GB
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Abstract

Abstract title

Living the future: Pre-figuring the role of climate movements and social sciences amidst urgency and uncertainty

Abstract text

My contribution would be exploring the value of the concept of dispossession in individual’s and group’s relation to the climate change future that is seen to be compromised, or even terrifying and catastrophic. With early empirical material from different levels and locations of the climate movement Extinction Rebellion, (XR), I would like to explore the discursive, affective and mobilising strategies that call for urgent interventions to prevent extinction(s), and the relationship emerging within such strategies with real and imagined hegemonies of the past, present and future. Highly sensitive to the hierarchies within which the urgency has risen, the movement works to “no blame or shame” but to co-create a different future. But how do human bodies, aiming for pre-figurative practices of overcoming hierarchies and hegemonies, strive in their daily grind and regular, currently mostly off-line action, for moving towards such futures? What stumbling blocks and stepping stones do they need to consider? And what is the role of social scientists – highly involved and even formally embedded in such processes? As an officially involved researcher in the XR Systems Realignment Team, as well as a member of the XR Scientists group, I would try to reflect on my own often confused and exhausted, as well as elated and hopeful existence within the XR world.

Conference topic

Panel no. 45 - Whose Future Is It? Temporality and Asymmetric Politics in Times of Uncertainty

Preferred format

Oral

Abstract Review

This abstract was reviewed on 2021-01-01 12:24h by alexandra.schwell@aau.at

Reviewer decision

Accepted