Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Joronen, Mikko
Organisation Tampere University, from 2019
Project title Present-futures in/of Palestine
Decision No. 322025
Decision date 24.05.2019
Funding period 01.09.2019 - 31.08.2023
Funding 480 000
WebFOCUS Report
Project description
This project examines the future anticipations, expectations, and prospect behind the present realities and ongoing developments in the occupied Palestine. It focuses on the spatialization of what is called the 'present-futures' in several key West Bank sites in order to unfold Palestinian futures through the ongoing practices on the ground. It aims analyses what kind of Palestinian futures these ongoing realities rely on, and how the indefinite nature of the future operates as a source for different, even opposing contemporary acts and hopes. A manifold picture of the present-futures is thus painted, a one that asks what kind of future events the present acts engender, while also acknowledging the ways in which the future-events deeply affect the ongoing practices of governing and everyday life in the occupied territories. Only spatially embedded explication of present-futures, it claims, can offer a reality-grounded lens for what the Palestinian futures might look like.