Wednesday 15 March 2017
Room 12.21 and 12.25, Social Sciences Building, University of Leeds

Is another future possible? Paul Valéry once famously wrote that the problem with our times is that the future is not what it used to be. Indeed, despite the overwhelming pace of social, economic, political and ecological transformations, our practices of thinking and knowing can hardly engage futures without simultaneously pulling them back to the quicksand that governs the problematic of the present. Largely premised on anticipatory logics, probabilistic rationalities, and risk assessments, they insist, as Valéry said, in entering the future backwards. In this talk Martin Savransky will provide a series of provocations and propositions towards a possible response to this impasse.