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SANT Conference 2022


The theme of the 2022 edition of the Annual Conference of the Swedish Anthropological Association (SANT) is Futures. The future is not what it used to be. Is the future worth remembering, or is one better off just forgetting about it?

28 Apr 2022 - 30 Apr 2022
School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg
Registration deadline
1 April 2022
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Extended deadline panels: 1 February, 2022
Extended deadline for papers: 22 February, 2022


Follow the link below to register your payment and confirming your participation for SANT2022. Registration is open until 1 April 2022, please make sure to register before then. Please read through the information carefully when registering and note that the conference dinner on Friday night 29/4 is paid as a separate ticket.
School of Global Studies
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Current debates on crises such as climate change or the pandemic have forcefully brought the future into focus. Predictions, forecasting and speculation, whether regarding new imminent lockdowns, or the long-term endurance of humanity or the planet have become commonplace, both in public discourse and as part of managing our everyday lives. The future is often imagined as a singular chain of chronologically ordered events, and as located away from ourselves; as that which is still to come. Yet, anthropologists have long recognised that futures are multiple and heterogeneous; they are conditioned by the imaginations, material configurations and actions of the present and they exist here and now, as current ways of being. Perhaps, to borrow from a recent text by Tsing et al, futures are best thought of as "patchy" – unevenly conditioned, imagined and enacted across the globe, evoking questions about the scope for life plans and futures as something we make.
For this conference, we invite discussions on the inclusive theme of futures, whether uncertain, desired or dreaded. We welcome contributions that add to our understanding of futures as always situated, and as involving specific forms of cultural understanding, knowledge, power, and resources.