Future Imaginaries

In dem Paper von Godhe und Goode bin ich auf das Konzept der ‚Future Imaginaries‘ gestoßen, das sie aus der Soziologie adaptiert haben:

„In our conception of CFS [(Critical Future Studies)], it’s important to interrogate “future  imaginaries”, that is, ideas about the future  which, at least in some – usually powerful – quarters, become taken-for-granted or congealed discourses. […] The concept of the imaginary is derived from philosophers Cornelius Castoriadis (1998) and Charles Taylor (2002). Today it is used in different contexts and with variations such as the social imaginary, the cultural imaginary, and the global imaginary. […] Apart from globalization, it is possible to briefly identify a number of future imaginaries. One obvious example is digitization: it is increasingly difficult to conceive of anything other than an intensification of digital ubiquity as developments like wearable computing, smart cities and the “Internet of Things” continue apace. […] But the point of drawing our critical attention to future imaginaries is not merely to dethrone, defamiliarize or loosen them. We see such deconstructive work as essential to CFS but also suggest that imaginaries can work not only to constrain future thinking but also positively as the semantic ground for expansive and potentially radical thinking.“

Michael Godhe und Luke Goode in Beyond Capitalist Realism

Ich liebe ja diese Phase, nachdem man auf ein neues Konzept oder einen neuen Begriff gestoßen ist und dann entdeckt, was dazu schon alles passiert ist.

Zu Future Imaginaries gab es z.B. letztes Jahr einen spannend klingenden Workshop am HIIG: We are on a mission – Exploring the role of future imaginaries in the making and governing of digital technology.