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Lecture at the Nordic Ethnology and Folklore Conference

Lecture at the Nordic Ethnology and Folklore Conference

This year’s Nordic Ethnology and Folklore Conference, Reykjavik online conference 1 – 16 June 2022, was held in a hybrid form.

Theme of the conference: re22

Within the Revisiting future panel, Saša Poljak Istenič and Valentina Gulin Zrnić held a lecture titled “The future of my city?” Young people’s imaginations and activations of the future.

Summary: “Europe needs the vision, engagement and participation of all young people to build a better future, that is greener, more inclusive and digital,” announced the European Commission when it declared 2022 the European Year of Youth. In line with the belief that the “world stands on youth”, as the Slovenian and Croatian saying goes, their agency has been probably best recognized in Fridays for future movement, which is seen as a historical turn in (climate) activism. However, organizations working with youth increasingly raise awareness that many young people are not empowered to imagine (and act towards) a (collective) future.

The presentation, deriving from the Slovenian-Croatian research project ‘Urban Futures’, relies on the ethnographic research of how futures are imagined and how these visions and expectations inform actions in the present intended to create different, new and better (urban) futures. It pays attention to diverse approaches young people claim to undertake for the(ir) future, from protests to public actions not recognized as future-making and private acts inserted in the routine of everyday life. By focusing on their agency to imagine and activate their personal and collective futures linked to the cities and towns they live or study in, the paper, on the one hand, analyses their “future literacy” (cf. Unesco) and, on the other hand, reflects on how to prompt their “future-thinking” and self-understanding of their “future-making”.

Conference programme

Project is funded by Croatian Science Foundation

Project is funded by Croatian Science Foundation

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Project is funded by Slovenian Research Agency

Project is funded by Slovenian Research Agency

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Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research

Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research

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Institute of Contemporary History

Institute of Contemporary History

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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology

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Faculty of Humanities University of Primorska

Faculty of Humanities University of Primorska

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ZRC SAZU, Institute of Slovenian Ethnology

ZRC SAZU, Institute of Slovenian Ethnology

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