Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Salmenniemi, Suvi
Organisation University of Turku
Project title
Political Imagination and Alternative Futures
Decision No. 331067
Decision date 28.05.2020
Funding period 01.09.2020 - 31.08.2024
Funding 480 000
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Project description
The project addresses the current political transformation characterised by a concern for the crisis of democracy and death of political imagination, on the one hand, and a pressing need for alternative social formations and social change towards sustainable futures, on the other. The question of fundamental social change is particularly acute right now as the global climate emergency compels us to search for new models for organizing our common life. The project maps spaces and practices of political imagination and in so doing seeks to revitalise both public political imagination and conceptual and methodological imagination of sociology. The project conducts ethnographic research that combines sociology and artistic research and maps political imagination of diverse groups and individuals in the fields of art, activism, social media and education in Finland. It contributes to the theorisation of social change and social formations. It is hosted by the University of Turku.