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Imagining futures/future imaginings: creative heritage work with young people in Uganda

orcid-imageKate Molesemail-imageKate Moles

Kate Moles is a Reader in Sociology at Cardiff University, UK, whose ethnographic work attends to heritage, memory and practices of remembering and forgetting.

email-image molesk@cf.ac.uk

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Will Bakeremail-imageWill Baker

Will Baker is Senior Lecturer in Education and the University of Bristol. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of educational inequality, food charity in schools and young people’s imagined futures.

email-image will.baker@bristol.ac.uk

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Francis Nono§email-imageFrancis Nono§§

Francis Nono is a Field Office Coordinator and manages the National Memory and Peace Documentation Center (NMPDC) of the Refugee Law Project, School of Law, Makerere University. He is at the centre of Uganda’s post-conflict memory and memorialisation, and a key player in how this relates to the national transitional justice process.

email-image nonofrncs@gmail.com

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Daniel Komakechemail-imageDaniel Komakech

Daniel Komakech is Associate Professor and Director of the Institute of Research and Graduate Studies at Gulu University.

email-image d.komakech@gu.ac.ug

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Arthur Owor**email-imageArthur Owor****

Arthur Owor is Director of the Centre for African Research based in northern Uganda. He is a Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) scholar of the London School of Economics and Political Science and researches security, governance, political economy/ecology and memory in northern Uganda.

email-image oworarthur@gmail.com

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Florence Anek††email-imageFlorence Anek††††

Florence Anek is a Research Fellow at Royal Miles Transitional Justice Governance Group, Africa.

email-image anekflora@ymail.com

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orcid-imageCatriona Pennell‡‡email-imageCatriona Pennell‡‡‡‡

Catriona Pennell is a Professor of Modern History and Memory Studies at the University of Exeter, UK, with particular interest in the ways young people engage with the cultural memory of historical conflict and the experience and implications of placing young people ‘front and centre’ of state-orientated commemorative activity.

email-image C.L.Pennell@exeter.ac.uk

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Jennifer Rowsell§§email-imageJennifer Rowsell§§§§

Jennifer Rowsell is Professor of Digital Literacy at the University of Sheffield. She is an ethnographer who applies multimodal, materialist methods in formal and informal learning contexts.

email-image J.Rowsell@sheffield.ac.uk

Abstract

Drawing on research in Uganda, we describe our project in which we invited young people to think about their lives in ways that opened up creative and hopeful imaginaries of the future. We understand future imaginary work to be a significant part of memory work. An important component in the ways we think about the past is imagining the futures it ties to. We wanted the idea of the future to be something our young participants constructed together, in dialogue and iteratively, so that the project had a sense of collaboration and shared interests. To do so we developed the idea of a touring exhibition through which multiple voices, positions, understandings and values could be accommodated side by side. The article contributes to scholarly and public debates about reparations and memorialisation, particularly by showing the crucial role young people can play in articulating more just futures.

Keywords

youth futurescreative methodsimagined futuresUganda
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Published on: 2 November 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: Supplementary issue 3
Article ID: 225
Pages:225 - 247
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Moles with Baker, Nono, Komakech, Owor, Anek, Pennell, Rowsell (2023), ' Imagining futures/future imaginings: creative heritage work with young people in Uganda ', Journal of the British Academy, 11(Supplementary issue 3): 225 https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/011s3.225

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Imagining futures/future imaginings: creative heritage work with young people in Uganda

orcid-imageKate Molesemail-imageKate Moles

Kate Moles is a Reader in Sociology at Cardiff University, UK, whose ethnographic work attends to heritage, memory and practices of remembering and forgetting.

email-image molesk@cf.ac.uk

,
Will Bakeremail-imageWill Baker

Will Baker is Senior Lecturer in Education and the University of Bristol. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of educational inequality, food charity in schools and young people’s imagined futures.

email-image will.baker@bristol.ac.uk

,
Francis Nono§email-imageFrancis Nono§§

Francis Nono is a Field Office Coordinator and manages the National Memory and Peace Documentation Center (NMPDC) of the Refugee Law Project, School of Law, Makerere University. He is at the centre of Uganda’s post-conflict memory and memorialisation, and a key player in how this relates to the national transitional justice process.

email-image nonofrncs@gmail.com

,
Daniel Komakechemail-imageDaniel Komakech

Daniel Komakech is Associate Professor and Director of the Institute of Research and Graduate Studies at Gulu University.

email-image d.komakech@gu.ac.ug

,
Arthur Owor**email-imageArthur Owor****

Arthur Owor is Director of the Centre for African Research based in northern Uganda. He is a Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) scholar of the London School of Economics and Political Science and researches security, governance, political economy/ecology and memory in northern Uganda.

email-image oworarthur@gmail.com

,
Florence Anek††email-imageFlorence Anek††††

Florence Anek is a Research Fellow at Royal Miles Transitional Justice Governance Group, Africa.

email-image anekflora@ymail.com

,
orcid-imageCatriona Pennell‡‡email-imageCatriona Pennell‡‡‡‡

Catriona Pennell is a Professor of Modern History and Memory Studies at the University of Exeter, UK, with particular interest in the ways young people engage with the cultural memory of historical conflict and the experience and implications of placing young people ‘front and centre’ of state-orientated commemorative activity.

email-image C.L.Pennell@exeter.ac.uk

,
Jennifer Rowsell§§email-imageJennifer Rowsell§§§§

Jennifer Rowsell is Professor of Digital Literacy at the University of Sheffield. She is an ethnographer who applies multimodal, materialist methods in formal and informal learning contexts.

email-image J.Rowsell@sheffield.ac.uk