Mapping the futures: local cultures, global change by Jon Bird, Barry Curtis, Tim Putnam, Lisa Tickner

By Jon Bird, Barry Curtis, Tim Putnam, Lisa Tickner

There are actually new reports of area and time; new tensions among globalism and regionalism, socialism and consumerism, fact and spectacle; new instabilities of price, that means and identification - a dialectic among prior and destiny. How are we to appreciate those? Mapping the Futures is the 1st of a chain which brings jointly cultural theorists from assorted disciplines to evaluate the results of financial, political and social swap for highbrow inquiry and cultural perform.

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In political theory, furthermore, the concept of community ‘often implies a denial of time and space distancing’ and an insistence on ‘face-to-face interaction among members within a plurality of contexts’. Yet there are ‘no conceptual grounds for considering face-to-face relations more pure, authentic social relations than relations mediated across time and distance’. This is a crucial issue. For while it may be true that ‘in modern society the primary structures creating alienation and domination are bureaucracy and commodification’, it does not follow that all mediated relations are alienating.

1990) ‘The ideal of community and the politics of difference’, in L. ) Feminism/Postmodernism, New York: Routledge. Chapter 2 Future fear Meaghan Morris One of the things I learned at the ‘Futures’ conference is that loose talk about globalization can be intensely parochial. Never again will I try to convince people working in Britain that ‘postmodernism’ is not a rhetoric of crisis and fragmentation. I think this is a British rather than a ‘European’ reading (the French-influenced work on heterology often conscripted to postmodernism has a different, and to my mind more positive, inflection), and I am always puzzled by it.

Wondering later what on earth this meant, I decided that something about that year was important. It was certainly a year for postmodernism in architectural polemic, and Jean Baudrillard caused a frenzy in inner-city art schools by visiting about then. But it was also a strange year for citizenship, a euphoric ‘crisis’ phase in which some of the more apocalyptic art-burble doing the rounds could and did resonate with serious talk about modernization and globalization that was drifting through our current affairs TV.

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