Exploring Liminalities
Creating Spaces for Unlimited Futures

Transformative Futures of Peace and Work – Paradoxes and Polycomplexities

27 October 2023 (Friday), 10:00-11:00, imagine2
Session Description

The concepts of peace and work are both complex entities. Each of them can be approached from the premise of preferred futures. Peace is one of the main objectives of futures research as already defined by Ossip K. Flechtheim. Eliminating war does not reveal the full complexity of peace – it is something more than the absence of war. Work, on the other hand, is a desirable future for various reasons. It gives subsistence, income and purpose in life. And yet, life without work may not be necessarily meaningless. New societal innovations such as basic income may change the trajectories of work. How these two concepts concretely materialize themselves in society, in spaces – especially in the new emerging societal transformation. Both concepts are also socio-culturally contextualized, with a wide spectrum of aspects, characteristics and manifestations. What happens when we parallel and reflect upon these two complex concepts side by side, what are the liminal spaces between them? Our workshop invites attendants to identify paradoxes of peace and work, compare them, deconstruct the paradoxes, and arrive at provocation–metamorphosis of these two spheres.