Conceptualising 'Future'. Current Debates in Regional and Systematic Research

Universität Bayreuth
Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies
04.07.2013 - 06.07.2013
Prof. Dr. Susan Arndt

Pivoting on its first Working Group (May to July 2013), the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies convenes an International Opening Conference on concepts of 'Future' in regional and systematic research. Lectures, panel discussions and performances will engage in innovative encounters across a wide range of disciplinary approaches, empirical areas, and forms of artistical representations – between Africa, the African diasporas, and other parts of the world.
More than 20 scholars, coming from Africa, North America, and Europe, including Fellows of the Working Group and scholars from the University of Bayreuth, will present their perspectives on the conference theme.


Thursday, July 4th 2013
14:00-14:30 Opening & Welcoming Addresses
Achim von Oppen and Susan Arndt, Directors
Ministerialdirigent Dietrich Nelle, BMBF, Bonn
Stefan Leible, President of the University of Bayreuth
Brigitte Merk-Erbe, Mayor of the City of Bayreuth
Gloria Wekker, Member of the Academic Advisory Board, Utrecht

14:30-17:30 Two Keynote Lectures:
“Knowing the Future”
14:30-15:45 Ottmar Ette (Potsdam): The Prospective Power of Literature (Chair: Susan Arndt)
16:15-17:30 Elísio Macamo (Basel): Accommodating Time. Confidence and Trust in African everyday Life (Chair: Achim von Oppen)

17:30-19:15 Talk & Images: Henriette Gunkel (Bayreuth), Sam Hopkins & Jim Chuchu (Nairobi): What happened to the Future? Imaginations of Time and Space within the Audio/Visual (Chair: Ulf Vierke)

19:15 - 10:00 Reception
20:00 - 21: 00 Spoken Word Performance with New Night Babies, followed by DJ Jim Chuchu

Friday, July 5th, 2013

09:00 - 11:00 Two Keynote Lectures:
“Future in Time”
09:00 - 10:00 Dirk Wiemann (Potsdam): What does Time have to do with History? Fictional Representations of Allochronism (Chair: Georg Klute)
10.00 - 11:00 Kara Lynch (Amherst, NH): Invisible – a Retro/Future Exploration (Chair: Erdmute Alber)

11:15 - 12:45 Panel: “Future and Time in Technology and Ecology Research” (Chair: Detlef Müller-Mahn)
Petra Schaper-Rinkel (Vienna): Exploring the Future: A European Perspective on Anticipatory Practices, Emerging Technologies and Technopolitics
Andreas Jess (Bayreuth): Global Energy Supply and Demand – Predictions and Visions
Michael Hauhs (Bayreuth): Concepts of Time as Mediators in Science: African Natures from a Modelling Perspective

14:00 - 16:00 Two Keynote Lectures:
“Expressing 'Future' in Music and Language”
14:00-15:00 Greg Tate (Providence, RI): The Futurism of Juju
(Chair: Peggy Piesche)
15:00 - 16:00 V. Y. Mudimbe (Durham, NC): 'Singular.‘ On African Practices of Human Sciences (Chair: Doris Löhr)

16:30 - 17:30 Talk & Vision: Ingrid LaFleur (Detroit) & Storm Janse Van Rensburg (Bayreuth): Curating Failed Utopias & Past Futures: Curators’ Talk, Supported by Visuals of Selected Artworks
(Chair: Katharina Fink & Nadine Siegert)

17:45 - 19:45 Panel: “Global Concepts of Time and Future in Southern Perspectives” (Chair: Dieter Neubert)

James L. Cox (Edinburgh): The Concept of Time as Seen through Ancestral Traditions
Evelyn Wladarsch (Heidelberg): Time and Future in Health
Emma Hunter (Cambridge): Concepts of Progress in Late Colonial East Africa
Florian Stoll (Bayreuth): Social Milieus and their Use of Time in Recife, Brazil. A Transfer of Bourdieu ́s Sociology to a Specific Context in the Global South

20:00 - 21:30 Conversation & Sound:
Greg Tate (Providence, RI) & Carla Müller-Schulzke (Berlin):
The Sounds of Afrofuturism (Chair: Stefanie Alisch)

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

09:00-11:00 Two Keynote Lectures: “Localising the Future: The Cultural Imagination”
09:00 - 10:00 Jeanne Cortiel (Bayreuth): Future Technologies and Risk in American Popular Culture (Chair: Lena Kroeker)
10:00 - 11:00 Joao Paulo Borges Coelho (Maputo): Cidade de Espelhos: Fiction Writing, Mirrors and the Future (Chair: Ute Fendler)

11:15-12:45 Panel: “(Fictional) Representations of Future" (Chair: Gerd Ulrich Bauer)
Sidney Kasfir (Atlanta, GA): Contemporaneity in African Art as a Dual Problem of Past and Future, Socially Embed- ded in Time and Space
Fadi Saleh (Bayreuth): Exiled into Cyberspace. Egypt’s Gender, Sexual, and Ethnic Minorities and the Construction of the Internet as a Diasporic Space
Anne Adams (Ithaca, NY): Afropolitanism: A 21st Century Diaspora? Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s America- nah and Taiye Selasi‘s Ghana Must Go

13:30 - 15:00 Concluding Discussion (Chair: Susan Arndt & Achim von Oppen)


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Conceptualising 'Future'. Current Debates in Regional and Systematic Research, 04.07.2013 – 06.07.2013 Bayreuth, in: H-Soz-Kult, 01.07.2013, <>.