Please join us for the upcoming event organised by the research project Urban Futures: Imagining and Activating Possibilities in Unsettled Times
May 10, 2022 11:00 AM (CEST) Europe/Zagreb
Venue: Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Šubićeva 42/V, Zagreb
Anticipatory anthroposemiosis in urban areas – a suggestion for a cultural theory of futures
Culture, defined as a process of anthroposemiosis, is a global, constantly changing process of interconnected tangible and intangible signs, or traditions. It includes both conscious and unconscious cultural transformation toward futures. Culture consists of interconnected elements of both nature and human made material world, e.g. urban areas, as well as skills, habits, stories, and practices that people share with each other as traditions. Traditions can in some cases be defined as heritage.
According to Roberto Poli, anticipation has focus in the uses of temporal and futures-oriented understandings, which are always a part of actions in present. Thus, traditions and heritage in anthroposemiosis can be seen primarily as more or less consciously anticipatory perceptions and interpretations based on different meanings and values, which are interconnected with human actions and practices in relation to, among others, urban areas and their futures.
Focus in this presentation is in possibilities of anticipatory guidance of cultural change by using a new conceptual model of Heritage Futures, which combines 1) transformative power of culture as a process of anthroposemiosis, 2) human anticipatory understanding, and 3) Heritage Futures as a tool to engage people in an inspiring, affectual, cognitive and practical way. Heritage Futures is an intentional, anticipatory, cultural tool to co-create better futures in the interface of humans and their tangible and intangible surroundings including urban areas interconnected with nature.
KATRIINA SIIVONEN, PhD, is University Lecturer in Futures Studies at University of Turku (UTU), Adjunct Professor in Cultural Heritage studies (UTU) and PhD in European Ethnology (UTU). She chairs Advisory Board of the implementation of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Finland. She is the Vice Chair of the Expert Panel for Sustainable Development in Finland. Currently, she leads the research project DYNAMO (Dynamic Museum and Heritage Futures Workshop as instruments for ecological reconstruction). She is expert in qualitative research, participatory methodology, identities, heritage futures, cultural heritage and cultural sustainability transformation.