The IRTG ‘Temporalities of Future in Latin America’ intends to contribute to the study of the protagonists, projections and processes of temporalities of the future in Latin America in order to shed new light on historical and contemporary problems and perspectives. Understanding time and temporalities as socially constructed, we will employ an actor-centred approach to everyday-practices of aspirations and anticipations in a region which has historically stood at the watershed of an epochal shift of the understanding of temporality, but has been marginalized in the process of Western colonization and modernization. With history as the guiding field of study, the IRTG will approach this topic by bringing together experts in the social sciences and humanities from six disciplines: history, literature, anthropology, economics, sociology, and political science.
Our IRTG aims at investigating temporalities of future in Latin America in order to achieve a better understanding of how different actors deal with the times to come. Our main research question is: How do and how did the aspirations and anticipations of diverse actors shape and construct the temporalities of future in Latin America? Consistent with this overarching inquiry, several sub-problems will be addressed:
How did aspirational and anticipative practices shape social life in Latin American history, and how do they do so in the present?
How do people interpret, shape and influence approaching uncertainties, unpredictable events and imponderable processes?
How do they act, in turn, when the future seems all too predictable and certain (surrender, just wait or fight)?
Who were and who are the protagonists defining the future? What projections into the future are made? How do underlying processes influence aspirations and anticipations of the future?
How do different concepts of time interact or clash in the ethnically heterogeneous societies of Latin America?
What is the influence of global entanglements on temporalities of the future?