The hard work of reparative futures: Exploring the potential of creative and convivial practices in post-conflict Uganda

Article Authors: Kate Molesa,*,1, Florence Anekb, Will Bakerc,2, Daniel Komakechb, Arthur Oworb, Catriona Pennelld,3, Jennifer Rowselle,4


In this paper we empirically explore the ways in which young people were enroled in a multimodal exhibition to creatively produce narratives of their past, presents and futures. We look at the different ways this work was framed, and how all memory work and, we argue, future work is relational, interactionally produced and situated in dynamic and unfolding social and political frameworks. We look at the ways young people described the work of producing accounts of their futures within that setting, and the different forms of labour involved in that process. We explore the encounters that fostered local, more humble, acts of care and repair, and how those everyday practices might help build towards reparative futures.

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aCardiff University, UK
bGulu University, Uganda
cUniversity of Bristol, UK
dExeter University, UK,
eUniversity of Sheffield, UK,