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

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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 program”

Duration: since 01/2017

Sina Wohlgemuth M.A.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We must now take action!“ – Doing future in the context of the EU LEADER program (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 by calling at the same time 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 LEADER projects in three different regions, the research project explores ethnographically, how the governance technologies of the LEADER program impact on the local actors’ practices of working on the future. It asks what kind of imaginations and narratives of a future communal live in rural regions mobilize the actions, and how the type of participation in the LEADER programme influences the practices of ‘doing future’. The study thus takes a practice theoretical perspective on future practices by building upon the Anthropology of the Future. In line with the Anthropology of Policy, LEADER is followed ethnographically on all governance levels – from the EU to the regions. The research contributes to an understanding of the impact of European policy on everyday practices and eventually highlights the role of local actors in rural regions in facing global and future-oriented challenges.

 

Publications

Sina Wohlgemuth (2020): Future agency – how inhabitants of rural regions negotiate future in the context of the EU LEADER-programme / original title in German: 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. (forthcoming) [article in German]

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

Ove Sutter / Oliver Müller / Sina Wohlgemuth (2019): Learning to LEADER. Ritualised Performances of 'Participation' in Local Arenas of Participatory Rural Governance. In: Sociologia Ruralis, 60, 1, pp. 222-242. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/soru.12287 (peer reviewed)

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

 

Presentations

"Participative development of rural regions – Lessons from three LEADER regions in North Rhine-Westphalia.” Presentation in the context of the closing conference „The Participative Village. Governing Rural Everyday Worlds in Times of the New Rural Paradigm” of the DFG-project „Partizipative Entwicklung ländlicher Regionen.” 08 - 10 October 2020, Bonn University (virtual conference).

“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).

"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.

"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.

"Zukunftsagency – Wie Menschen im Rahmen eines EU-Regionalentwicklungsprogramms den Zugang zur Zukunftsgestaltung aushandeln". Presentation in the context of the dgv university conference “Planen. Hoffen. Fürchten. Zur Gegenwart der Zukunft im Alltag", 20 - 22 September 2018, 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.

"'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.

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

"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.

 

Poster sessions

“Participative development of rural regions. Everyday cultural negotiations of the EU LEADER program.” 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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