Justine Jungersen-Smith

Justine’s hybrid form doctoral work will draw on interview material to examine how imagining the future feels from Aotearoa New Zealand in 2017.

Commenced 2017

Justine has a BA (Otago) in Gender Studies, and Narrative in the Modern World (Film Studies & Comparative Literature). She completed the MA in Creative Writing at Victoria's IIML in 2015. Her writing has appeared in The Pantograph Punch.  In 2018 she was longlisted in the inaugural Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel.

Justine writes: 'My project, tentatively titled "Oral Histories of the Future," will examine how it feels to imagine the future from this time and place: Aotearoa New Zealand in 2018. Using the work of Svetlana Alexievich as a model, my work will be based on interviews with a range of people about how they imagine the world may be in fifty years. I am interested in talking to people about AI, climate change, capitalism, memory, money, love, ghosts, children, work and bodies.

'My research will explore how narrative can be built from interview material, how thinking about the future feels (in the body, in daily life), and how visions of the future may reflect the politics and possibilities of the present.'

'I am interested in fear and hope, agency and power, apocalyptic thinking, optimism and despair. I am interested in how meaning is made around what it means to be human, and in why we tell particular stories about how the future may be.

'My creative methodology is one which embraces obsessive, circling, connective writing. My doctoral work will be an extension of the exploration of hybrid form begun in my MA thesis, where I sought to create something that felt simultaneously fragmented and whole. I am interested in pattern making in narrative, how new meaning can be made in and through experiments with form, how narrative can be viewed as system-building.

'I will use creative nonfiction, words from life, creative theory, and fiction to describe, analyse and complicate the visions of the future imagined in interviews, as well as the present from which these futures have been projected.'

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The Pantograph Punch: work by Justine Jungersen-Smith