Future Perfect: Images of the Time to Come in Philosophy, Politics and Cultural Studies
Series edited by Michael Marder
The Future Perfect series stands at the intersection of critical historiography, philosophy, political science, heterodox economic theory, and environmental thought, as well as utopian and cultural studies. Its aims are two-fold: 1. to theorize the future as it takes shape in the present historical conjunction, and 2. to imagine what kind of a future will have been congruous with the demands of global justice and respect for the environment. It encourages an interdisciplinary re-assessment of the idea of futurity that not only holds a promising interpretative potential but may also serve as an effective tool for practical interventions in the fields of human activity that affect entire countries, regions, and the planet as a whole.
Against the backdrop of chronic political, economic, and environmental uncertainty, the very notion of the future is rapidly changing before our eyes. In order to respond to the multifaceted challenges we are collectively facing, it is insufficient to be able better to predict the future. Prior to undertaking statistical analyses and creating computer simulations of what is to come, it would be crucial to understand how the very idea of the future has mutated; what effect it has on the practical spheres of human activity; and which alternative notions of futurity could assist us in the creation of a better, more liveable, more peaceful, and more just world. If, traditionally, the present has been interpreted on the basis of past trends and events, today it should also be grasped from the standpoint of the future, with reference both to the image of the future it is projecting and the kind of destiny it is creating.
The series welcomes proposals for monographs and well-curated edited collections that pioneer new directions of inquiry.