«Traces of the future – living in the aftertime»

I anledning utgivelsen av boka «Traces of the future» inviterer Wenzel Geissler og SAI til workshop for å diskutere hva materielle spor fra fortiden kan fortelle oss om vår egen nåtid og fremtid.

Nedlagt laboratorium i Afrika.

Foto: (c) Evgenia Arbugaeva

«Traces of the future – living in the aftertime»

Norwegian abstract

I modernitetens «ettertid» bærer dens levninger - arkitekturer, infrastrukturer, apparater og produkter - fortsatt mening og fremkaller følelser. «Traces of the Future» samler antropologer, historikere og kunstnere for å undersøke materielle spor av våre tidligere, tilsynelatende tapte, progressive fremtid.

Deltakerne vil ha med seg en gjenstand eller spor av modernitet som fortsatt finnes i dag og reflektere over hvordan de kan utforskes for å finne deres mening og relevans i nåtiden. Noen har med gjenstander fra ulike deler av verden, andre har med eksempler fra boka, fokusert på vitenskap i Afrika.

Les også: Finner mening i fortidens spor av fremtiden 

English abstract

In the 21st century 'aftertime' of modernity, its remains and ruins - architectures, infrastructures and apparatus - retain meanings and provoke affect. «Traces of the Future» assembles anthropologists, historians and artists to present and interrogate material traces of our past progressive futures. These can be tools of past modern aspirations, remains of infrastructure or architecture, leftovers of scientific investigation and technological advancement, or more personal mementos of past hopes - collective or individual – dreams and expectations tied to larger historical processes of future-making.

Speakers bring along a trace, an object that was found in the ruins of past futures, speak very briefly to it, and engage in an interdisciplinary conversation about the heuristic value of traces, about the ethnography of material remains, and the archaeology of the present. Such conversation speaks to current thinking about the materiality/temporality interface in the social sciences, and is of interest to everybody who lives through our present «crisis of time», in the aftermath of modernity.


Roundtable and discussion 14.00-16.30:


  • Chair: Gro Ween (Museum for Cultural History, University of Oslo). 
  • Knut Nustad (Head of Department, Social Anthropology, UiO): Welcome
  • Gaston Gordillo (University of British Columbia): Soybeans: Planetary Trajectories and Local Traces. Gordillo holder årets Eilert Sundt-forelesning 20. oktober.
  • Christian Krohn-Hansen (University of Oslo): Santo Domingo's sancocho: peasants, food, and modernity in Dominican history
  • Nancy Rose Hunt (University of Michigan): Anachrony as a trace of harm & a Congolese hospital worker
  • Per Ditlef Fredriksen (Archaeology, University of Oslo): By a street robot in South Africa
  • Helge Jordheim (University of Oslo): Flushing-Meadows Park in Queens
  • Samuel Olou (artist, Oslo): Radio Kamina: artist reinhabiting an unintentional monument in Togo.
  • Arnd Schneider (University of Oslo): Traces /tracking evidence. What we can learn from contemporary art 


Book launch 17.00 - 19.00: 

  • Chair: Anne Kveim Lies (Health and Society, UiO)
  • Nancy Rose Hunt: Introduction of «Traces of the future»

Contributors to «Traces of the future»:

  • P. Wenzel Geissler (University of Oslo): 1970s laboratory bottle excavated in informal bar of Tanzanian scientific workers
  • Rene Gerrets (University of Amsterdam): A reddish bark and imperial dreaming: tracing cinchona cultivation in Amani, Tanzania
  • Guillaume Lachenal (Paris 7): Brick. c.1930, Ayos, Cameroon. Remain of a ruined colonial hospital
  • John Manton (London School, University of London): 'The Harcourt White Memorial Choir' - LP cover, 1970s Nigeria
  • Ruth Prince (University of Oslo): A Sovjet X-ray machine in ‘Russia’, Kenya, 2015  

Artists in «Traces of the future»:

Drinks and exhibition of artwork kl. 20.00.

Publisert 28. sep. 2016 12:07 - Sist endret 17. apr. 2018 09:42