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Sina Wohlgemuth: „We must now take action!“ – Doing future in the context of the EU LEADER programme

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Case study as part of the DFG research project “Participative development of rural regions. Everyday cultural negotiations of the European Union’s LEADER programme”

Duration: since 01/2017

Sina Wohlgemuth M.A.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We must now take action!“ – Doing future in the context of the EU LEADER programme (working title)

"In 2030 we will be less, older and more colourful" - Discourses on demographic change refer to the constitution of society in the future, which at the same time calls for action in the present. Demographic change often serves as a basis for action in political development programs such as in the LEADER program of the European Union, which aims at giving local actors the means to develop projects for solving societal challenges. At the example of one LEADER project in three different regions, the research project explores ethnographically, how the technologies of the LEADER program impact on the local actors’ practices of working on the future, which wishes, imaginations and narratives of a future communal live in rural regions mobilise the actions, and how the type of participation in the LEADER program influences the practices of ‘doing future’. The study thus takes a practice theoretical perspective on future practice by building upon the Anthropology of the Future. In line with the Anthropology of Policy, the LEADER policy is considered to have agency that will be followed ethnographically. The research should contribute to an understanding of the impact of European policy on everyday practice and eventually highlight the role of local actors in rural regions in facing global and future-oriented challenges.

 

Publications

 Ove Sutter / Oliver Müller / Sina Wohlgemuth (2019): Learning to LEADER. Ritualised Performances of 'Participation' in Local Arenas of Participatory Rural Governance. In: Sociologia Ruralis. (peer reviewed) doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/soru.12287 

Ove Sutter / Oliver Müller / Sina Wohlgemuth (2019): Translating the bottom-up process. Everyday negotiations of the European Union’s rural development programme LEADER. In: Anthropological Journal of European Cultures Vol 28, 2, S. 45-65 (peer reviewed). doi: https://doi.org/10.3167/ajec.2019.280204

Sina Wohlgemuth / Oliver Müller (2019). Tagungsbericht „Ländliche Alltagskulturen regieren. Perspektiven der Kulturanalyse politischer Prozesse." In: Zeitschrift für Volkskunde Vol. 115, 1.

Sina Wohlgemuth (2020 forthcoming): Zukunftsagency – wie Bewohner*innen ländlicher Regionen im Rahmen des LEADER-Programms der EU den Zugang zur Zukunftsgestaltung aushandeln. In: Sutter, Ove et al (eds.): Planen – Hoffen – Fürchten. Zur Gegenwart der Zukunft im Alltag, Waxmann.

 

Presentations

"Following the bottom-up. Unboxing the regional development program LEADER." Presentation at the conference "Construct - Analyze - Design. Rural spaces between theory, empiricism and practice", 22 January.2018, Geographical Institute of the University of Kiel.

"Partizipative Regionalentwicklung - auf Feldforschung." Project presentation in the context of the 11th science night, 17.-18. May 2018, Bonn University.

"'Wir müssen jetzt handeln!' Zukunftspraktiken im Rahmen des LEADER-Programms der EU." Presentation in the context of the mid-term workshop "Ländliche Alltagskulturen regieren. Perspektiven der Kulturanalyse politischer Prozesse in ländlichen Regionen", 21.-22 June 2018, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Bonn University.

"Zwischen Bank und Projektskizze. Wie BewohnerInnen die Regierungstechnologie 'Partizipation' in einem Dorf perfomen." Presentation in the context of the dgv-convetion "Stadt, Land - Schluss?", 13.-15. September 2018, Department of Comparative European Ehtnology, Regensburg University.

"Zwischen Platzhirschen und Nachbarn - Wie Menschen im Rahmen eines EU-Regionalentwicklungsprogramms den Zugang zur Zukunftsgestaltung aushandeln." Presentation in the context of the dgv-convention „Planen. Hoffen. Fürchten. Zur Gegenwart der Zukunft im Alltag" , 20.-22. September 2018, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Bonn University.

"Participative development of rural regions. Everyday cultural negotiations of the European Union's LEADER program" Presentation in the context of the SIEF-conference 2019, 14.-17. April 2019, Santiago de Compostela.

"Entangled Countryside - Tracking political negotiations and transformations of the rural" Panel in the context of the SIEF-conference 2019, 14.-17. April 2019, Santiago de Compostela.

“Demographic change - Imagining and creating future scenarios of community support.” Presentation in the context of the 16th EASA conference “New anthropological horizons in and beyond Europe“, 20.-24. July 2020, Lisbon (virtual conference).

 

Poster sessions

“Participative development of rural regions. Everyday cultural negotiations of the EU LEADER programme.” Poster presented at the European Rural Geography Conference, "New rural geographies in Europe: actors, processes, policies", 14-17 June 2017, Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institut, Braunschweig. Poster

 

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