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Future Nostalgia, or Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Past Futures

Teil des Institutskolloquiums Sommersemester 2021 Futures in / of Anthropology
  • Wann 15.06.2021 von 14:00 bis 16:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC200)
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Dr. Maximilian Jablonowski

 

It's complicated, our contemporary society's relation to the future. A constant flirtation with doomsday fantasies and expectations of the imminent eschaton go along with an increasing interest in the future, both in public and academic discourses. With regard to Cultural Anthropology and Cultural Studies, it is safe to assume that there has hardly ever been as much contemplation of futurity as it is the case now.
 
A cultural field that, since its inception in the early 1950s, was always expected to be one of the most important prompters for all things future, is pop culture, and pop music in particular. Over the last decade, however, pop culture has been under the suspicion to be indulged in its own past, allegedly having lost its spirit of innovation and absolute will to being timely. At the same time and somewhat counter-intuitively, pop culture has been constantly referring to futures—even though those were lost, discarded, ruinous futures whose best days are long gone.
 
Tracing this nostalgic desire for past futures in contemporary pop culture, I want to explore—unmethodically and tentatively—how these aesthetic and temporal sensibilities may contribute to anthropology's current engagements with a cultural analysis of the future.

 

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