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

Article Authors: Kate Moles, Will Baker, Francis Nono, Daniel Komakech, Arthur Owor, Florence Anek, Catriona Pennell and Jennifer Rowsell


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.

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Journal Journal of the British Academy
Volume 11
Issue No. 3
Pages 225-247
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