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List of Figures Acknowledgments Notes on Contributors 1. A Manifesto for Future Anthropologies EASA Future Anthropologies Network 2. Anthropology and Futures: Setting the Agenda Sarah Pink, RMIT, Australia and Juan Francisco Salazar, University of Western Sydney, Australia 3. The Art of Turning Left and Right Andrew Irving, University of Manchester, UK 4. Cripping the Future: Making Disability Count Faye Ginsburg and Rayna Rapp, New York University, USA 5. Contemporary Obsessions with Time and the Promise of the Future Simone Abram, Durham University, UK 6. Pyrenean Rewilding and Colliding Ontological Landscapes: A Future(s) Dwelt-in Ethnographic Approach Anthony Knight, University of Kent, UK 7. Digital Technologies, Dreams and Disconcertment in Anthropological World-Making Karen Waltorp, University of Copenhagen, Denmark 8. Future in the Ethnographic World Debora Lanzeni and Elisenda Ardevol, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain 9. Researching Future as an Alterity of the Present Sarah Pink, Yoko Akama and Annie Fergusson, RMIT, Australia 10. Speculative Fabulation: Modes for Researching Worlds to Come in Antarctica Juan Francisco Salazar, University of Western Sydney, Australia 11. Ethno Science Fiction: Projective Improvisations of Future Scenarios and Environmental Threats in the Everyday Life of British Youth Johannes Sjoeberg, University of Manchester, UK 12.Reaching for the Horizon: Exploring Existential Possibilities of Migration and Movement within the Past-Present-Future through Participatory Animation Alexandra D'Onofrio, University of Manchester, UK 13. Agency and Dramatic Storytelling: Roving through Pasts, Presents and Futures Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston, York University, Canada 14. Remix as a Literacy for Future Anthropology Practice Annette N. Markham, Aarhus University, Denmark Afterword: Flying toward the Future on the Wings of Wind Paul Stoller, West Chester University, USA Index

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Game-changing book which provides anthropologists with a range of innovative, practical research methods to engage in future-oriented research.

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Juan Francisco Salazar is Associate Professor in Media and Cultural Studies at Western Sydney University, Australia Sarah Pink is Distinguished Professor and Director of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at RMIT University, Australia Andrew Irving is Director of the Granada Centre of Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester, UK Johannes Sjoeberg is Lecturer in Screen Studies at the University of Manchester, UK


This collection is the clearest articulation yet of a future-oriented practice for anthropology. It attempts nothing less than a re-centering of anthropology along future temporalities, opening up the field to new dimensions of public engagement by sketching the contours of a fieldwork-based practice centered on emergence, possibility and, ultimately, on the hope for better lives for people in the communities where we work. The papers in this volume range over multiple subjects, multiple methods and multiple media-multiple approaches to the future in anthropology. The breadth is not only testament to the robustness of the future anthropologies they advocate, but to the centrality of the future to the anthropology we already practice. Engaging a variety of methods (lifestory, interviews, participant observation), a variety of platforms (digital media, performance, photography), the contributors to this collection suggest the ways in which anthropology has always already been about the future, while at the same time gesturing to what anthropology may yet become. * Samuel Gerald Collins, Towson University, USA *
Anthropologies and Futures gathers a plethora of innovative perspectives and practices that brilliantly explore how the ethnographic can creatively and critically engage with the yet-to-come. This is an agenda-setting volume that by placing 'futures' at the heart of methodological engagement, re-configures the analytic, ethical and political landscapes of anthropology and beyond. * Mike Michael, University of Exeter, UK *
This book aims to put ethnography and anthropology at the heart of futures study right where they should be. Humans tend to be future-oriented in a social, but not uniform manner; the future is a site of struggle. This is a book which should make readers think and feel. Naturally, you will sometimes disagree with the positions taken, but if ever I met a book I'd like to be an author in, it would be this one. * Jonathan Paul Marshall, University of Technology Sydney, Australia *

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