Imagining Futures is founded on the idea that archives are negotiations about visions of the future – whose story will continue to be told and how, and whose silenced – these become acute in moments of post-conflict, displacement and reconstruction. READ MORE
We draw on the widest meaning of archive by including documents, material remains and creations, landscapes, oral transmissions, song, bodily movements, daily customs and ancestral laws. Join us in our aim is to build methodologies of egalitarian archiving practice that allow for co-existence and recognition of multiple experiences and narratives of the past that challenge a singular ‘we’.
Our aspiration, in recognising the power of archives, is to make them sites of engagement through:
- exploratory labs
- commissioned projects
- creation of new archives
- preservation of archives under threat
- reading existing archives against the grain
- and (re)thinking sites of memory.
Through these activities we seek to advocate for culture to be recognised as a human need.
Imagining Futures is an Arts and Humanities Research Council, GCRF Network+ funded by the UKRI
Labs – IF Network Catalysts and Hubs
Lindi, TanzaniaThe MajiMaji War forms the main focus of this Lab. In particular the inter-generational memories of colonial violence. Dichotomies of official and unofficial histories will be explored as well as the forms and limits of heroizing – often male centred...
London, EnglandThe mobile virtual London Lab is a collaboration between CSM, with colleagues Mick Finch, Louisa Minkin and Elizabeth Wright, and the Endangered Material Knowledge Programmeat the British Museum, led by Ceri Ashley (also of the University of Pretoria, S. Africa).
Accra, GhanaThe Ghana Lab will investigate ways in which the diverse groups of people found along the Ghanaian coast memorialise their past and engage with their social and physical environment to coexist in relative peace and amity, despite their historical circumstances...
Beirut, LebanonAs part of the Imagining Futures project, the Beirut Urban Lab at the American University of Beirut will house the Beirut Lab, a lab that will interrogate the methods and strategies in which Beirut has been archived and unarchived.
Baddawi Camp Lab, LebanonThe Baddawi Camp Lab approaches egalitarian archiving practice through developing the hosts’ existing engagement with ruination (Qasmiyeh 2019) and rhizoanalysis (Fiddian-Qasmiyeh 2019a/b) and building on materials shared with the Tanzania Lab team.
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