About the project
CoFutures proposes an original study of future fictions and science fiction from around the world.
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The project investigates contemporary strategies of futuring especially within marginal and / or non-Anglophone traditions, as well as transmedial productions that extend the scope of possible futures and possible worlds.
CoFutures seeks to illuminate the cultural and scientific bases for developing these future fictions, including how possible futures are imagined in these new fictions, and how these works respond to the burning global challenges of our time, including climate change, demographic change, and technological change .
Purpose of the project
The project studies the recent proliferation of fiction based on ethnic, cultural, or national identity as take-off points for imagining possible futures even if their locations of production are globally spread.
While many of these have older histories, these fictions have come together this decade as alternative visions of the future that are resistant to perceived colonial or neo-colonial hegemony and are read as new forms of self-assertion.
No methodologies have been developed to study all of these together as shared phenomena, and no theories exist that can even make sense of them as similar yet distinct phenomena.
There have also been no attempts to understand the specific sources for these futures, in terms of the kinds of scientific and technological developments they project, and the societal developments they imagine as localized responses to global challenges. This is what CoFutures seeks to do.
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This project is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement no. 852190 (ERC Starting Grant 2019).