Course - Anthropology of the Future: The social imagination of hopes, utopias and the end of the world - SANT2021
SANT2021 - Anthropology of the Future: The social imagination of hopes, utopias and the end of the world
Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades
How do you think about the future? Which images come to your mind? A secular utopian future or religiously based apocalypse? Images of continuous technological development? Of man-induced ecological disasters? Of war? Of eternal peace and emancipation? Of an eternal paradise or hell? In this course, you will analyse the anthropological toolkit in relationship with time in general and the future in particular. You will explore, from an anthropological perspective, some of the multiple ways in which different societies and at different times have imagined their futures. By bringing these futures as anthropological objects of study, you will be able to analyse and compare them, identify their different genres and their structures, their functions as well as their internal logics and predicaments. You will explore how these imaginations impinge on everyday lives, and how they are used as means for social mobilization, legitimation and de-legitimation of social action and even for entertainment.
Upon completion of the course you will:
- have gained a broad knowledge of how different societies and in different periods construct images of their futures.
- have obtained broad knowledge of the content and cultural specificity of a variety of empirical imaginations of the future, and you will have explored some of their different genres and styles.
- have gained a broad knowledge of conceptual tools, concepts, and theories for the anthropological and social scientific study of temporalities in general, and of the future in particular.
- develop the ability to anthropologically identify, analyse, interpret, and critically evaluate imaginations of the future, as well as their different genres and their potential uses.
- have acquired first-hand experience in the application of anthropological and social scientific concepts for the analysis of concrete imaginations of the future, as well as presenting the results of such analysis both orally and in writing.
Learning methods and activities
Lectures and seminars.
Please note that mandatory activities and lectures may start prior to the registration deadline.
Mandatory activity The mandatory activity in this course is to hold a oral presentation in seminar. Information about the mandatory activity will be available in Blackboard at the beginning of the semester. The mandatory activity will be assessed as approved or not approved, and in order to be qualified for the exam the mandatory activity has to be approved.
- Oral presentation in seminars
Further on evaluation
The exam in this course consists of a term paper.
It is possible to retake the exam, but the examination is only offered in the spring semester.
Recommended previous knowledge
SANT1020, SANT1021, SANT1022 and SANT1023
The reading list will be available at the beginning of the semester.
Credits: 7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II
Term no.: 1
Teaching semester: SPRING 2024
Language of instruction: English
- Social Sciences
- Social Anthropology
Examination arrangement: Assignment
- Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Room Building Number of candidates
- * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"