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Critical Terms in Futures Studies

  • Heike Paul

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Heike Paul
    Pages 1-4
  3. Joseph Winters
    Pages 5-11
  4. Dirk Niefanger
    Pages 13-17
  5. Sarah Marak
    Pages 19-23
  6. Martha Schoolman
    Pages 25-28
  7. Scott Sundvall
    Pages 29-34
  8. Alexandra Ganser
    Pages 35-43
  9. Marc Andre Matten
    Pages 45-51
  10. Wolfgang Knöbl
    Pages 53-59
  11. Lev Manovich
    Pages 61-66
  12. Nader El-Bizri
    Pages 67-71
  13. Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger
    Pages 73-78
  14. Mareike Gebhardt
    Pages 79-86
  15. Aram Ziai
    Pages 87-93
  16. Scott Selisker
    Pages 95-98
  17. Ulrike Ludwig
    Pages 99-104
  18. Barbara Weber
    Pages 105-111
  19. Georges Tamer
    Pages 113-117
  20. John Carlos Rowe
    Pages 119-125

About this book


This volume provides the essential vocabulary currently employed in discourses on the future in 50 contributions by renowned scholars in their respective fields, which examine future imaginaries across cultures and time. Not situated in the field of “futurology” proper, it comes at future studies ‘sideways’ and offers a multidisciplinary treatment of a critical futures’ vocabulary. The contributors have their disciplinary homes in a wide range of subjects – history, cultural studies, literary studies, sociology, media studies, American studies, Japanese studies, Chinese studies, and philosophy – and critically illuminate numerous discourses about the future (or futures), past and present. In compiling such a critical vocabulary, this book seeks to foster conversations about futures in study programs and research forums and offers a toolbox for discussing them with an adequate degree of complexity.


Future Futurology Utopia Science Fiction Afro-Pessimism Queer Futurity Future studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Heike Paul
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of English and American StudiesFriedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenGermany

About the editors

Heike Paul is Chair of American Studies at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. She is the author of The Myths That Made America: An Introduction to American Studies (2014) and the co-editor of The Comeback of Populism: Transatlantic Perspectives (2019). She is currently Director of the Bavarian American Academy in Munich. She previously served as Vice-President of the German Association for American Studies (2014-2017). In 2018, she was awarded the Leibniz-Prize by the German Research Foundation.

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