The future is not something that is yet to come. It's rather the cumulative effect of various practices that take place in the present. Whereas planning, projecting and predicting have been widely recognised as established future-making practices in the social sciences, recently there has been a growing interest in socio-technical arrangements that seek to anticipate more contingent futures. Such socio-technical arrangements aim to „fix futures“ in the sense that they try to simultaneously provide stability and recognise the need for repair in the context of various crises.
This joint lecture series of the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology, the Institute of Sociology, the Institute of Human Geography, and the Lab for Studies of Science and Technology (LaSST) brings together renowned anthropologists, human geographers and sociologists to differently respond to the claim that the contemporary moment is charcterised by a distinct future-orientation. From environmental governance to demilitarisation, the lectures will consider which futures are being fixed, the particular technologies and techniques involved in these future-making processes, and the political possibilities they open up.
Summer Term 2022 | Wed. 6-8 pm (ct)
Attendance possible both on Campus Westend, Seminarhouse, SH 2.105 and online! Please register via firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Dr. Thomas Lemke
Faculty of Social Sciences
Institute of Sociology
Research Group Biotechnologies,
Nature and Society
Campus-Westend – PEG-Building
Room 3.G 027
60323 Frankfurt am Main
PEG - internal post 31
60629 Frankfurt am Main
Tel. +49 69 798 36664