Imagining Futures Phase 1 Projects

Who gets to decide what gets to be remembered into the future and how?

In February 2021, Imagining Futures launched its call for Phase 1 Project Applications The application window for proposals under this Phase has now closed, and further information on Phase 1 projects will be published here in due course. Please continue to check back for further details, and bookmark the Imagining Futures main page for news on future funding opportunities.

In the Phase 1 Call for Project Proposals, Imagining Futures invited applications from individuals, groups and organisations within academia and beyond to join our team in working towards reducing barriers to capacity sharing, helping to prevent conflict and enhancing possibilities for sustainable peace, through activating archives as sites of engagement and co-creating tools for egalitarian archival practices.

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The awards are intended to support activities that address any one of the following areas in relation to the aims of Imagining Futures as outlined below

1. Work with Archives under threat, due conflicts, disasters and other factors, that need urgent attention and address aims of Imagining Futures

2. Initiatives relevant to South-Eastern Africa, broadly defined

3. Development of previously worked on initiatives already supported by Imagining Futures

Main Aims

  1. To capture and articulate modes of archival practice that allow for co-existence and recognition of multiple experiences of the past through dialogues across generations, gender, class and stakeholders.
  2. To stretch the meaning of archive by incorporating a range of tangible and intangible materials and practices.
  3. To explore how archival practices can create imaginaries and expose shared pasts as well as diversity, across deep and present time.
  4. To articulate the potential power of archival practice, its impact, and modes of egalitarian practice that can feed into shaping policies and actions. 

Desirable Outcomes:

  1. To address legacies from difficult pasts and their transmission (for example by amplifying divergent viewpoints; using dissensus methodologies), incorporating archival practices of people who have been displaced and marginalised.
  2. To enhance understanding and empathy, contribute to reducing inter- and intra-community conflict among diverse social, political, religious, economic, and regional groups, and thus enhance the potential for sustainable peace.
  3. To situate mobilities over time and space as central to place-making.
  4. To address policies of conservation and reconstruction.

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