This panel examines emerging technologies and the ways in which they participate in constituting futures that cannot be predicted or necessarily imagined. We are interested in ethnographic examples from the immediate present, historical, as well as examples of technologies that can only be imagined
This panel examines emerging technologies and the ways in which they participate in constituting futures that cannot be predicted or necessarily imagined.
The interpretation of 'technology' is left deliberately broad, in order to open up this field of research and debate. It encompasses technologies in, of and about the Global South and Global North:
Emerging technologies that are typically represented in narratives of technological innovation, such as new automated and intelligent technologies (e.g. autonomous driving vehicles, drones, or flying cars), health technologies (e.g. drugs, technology design), smart technologies, energy technologies and finance related technologies
Technologies of intervention, power, movement, and emergency (e.g. relating to migration, crisis, and disaster)
Technologies that are emergent in the present, technologies that were once new or emergent and the trajectories that can be traced through their study, and technologies that do not yet exist
Technologies that have been established through theoretical scholarship, such as 'Technologies of the imagination' (Sneath et al, 2009) and/or that are used as 'methods' in futures-focused ethnographic research (such as science fiction, speculative modes of investigation, storytelling, filmmaking and more)
We are interested in examples from the immediate present, historical examples as well as examples of technologies that can only be imagined. The Future Anthropologies is a network dedicated to techniques, theories, and approaches with which to research futures and intervene, and engage in collaborative world-making (see FAN Manifesto stating our aims).