Displaced Futures: Sovereignty, Denial, and Imagination

Displaced Futures: Sovereignty, Denial, and Imagination

The Truth in Youth
Melinda Herron & Mythili Meher (University of Melbourne)

Informed by 12 months of ethnographic fieldwork in an Australian high school, this video highlights the need to take seriously how young people talk about everyday life in order to make sense of the effects and affects of their ambivalent experiences of conviviality, conflict, displacement and belonging in a multicultural context. This audiovisual collaboration animates how cultural difference was situated amongst relational entanglements with many other forms of difference as young people struggled to position themselves within and guard against the multiple perils of social life. This video offers one way to produce and share anthropological knowledge in accessible and creative forms.

“New Iceland Now”: Storytelling, (Dis)Placement and Utopia-Building in Panama Papers Iceland
Jen Hughes (University of Minnesota)

Seeing the Sky, Seeing the Land: Reclaiming Space from Exile
Randi Irwin (The New School)

From a refugee camp in Algeria, Saharawis have spent forty-two years engaging in a range of decolonization strategies. Some of these strategies aim to reimagine the physical territory of Western Sahara and bring it into Saharawi consciousness, constructing it for use and experience by those in the camp – even if they have yet to set foot in the territory. This presentation considers the emphasis Saharawis place on in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the territory and explores how knowledge has been reproduced in the camp as a central component of the decolonization struggle.

Freedom for Work: Foreign-Funded Development and Failure in North India
Whitney Russell (UC San Diego)

Foreign-funded development workers sometimes exclude program beneficiaries from how the worker might otherwise respond to human pain; rather than care or obligation, their understanding of how those who are “different” might suffer is manipulated through the lens of development. My research looks at the effects of these disparate responses in a North Indian community. While they think about aid as something that may be owed to them, a local development organization sees it as something they deserve to labor towards. The effect, I suggest, is that the women receiving development intervention are further othered by their participation.

Embodied Sovereignty: Indigenous Birth Workers Reclaiming Self-Determined Futures
Caroline Fidan Tyler Doenmez (University of Minnesota)

Writing Excavation and Displacement: The Possibilities of an Urbo-Collaborative Poetics
Tyrone Williams (Xavier University) & Pat Clifford (Clifford Consulting)