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Memories of the Future

On Countervision


Edited By Stephen Wilson and Deborah Jaffé

What is a memory of the future? Is it a myth, a fiction of a severed arm, a post-human debate or a broken time machine? In an increasingly insecure future-world there is an urgency to consider and debate these questions. Memories of the Future: On Countervision addresses these concerns by speculating on the connections between memory and futurity in fields such as counter-histories, women’s studies, science fiction, art and design, technology, philosophy and politics. This book reveals how these subjects regenerate at the intersections of vision, counter-cultural production and the former present. The volume links the re-imaginings of memory into the present with topics such as the fever dream allegory of the adolescent social experience, soft technologies of future dress, reinventions of monetary exchange, rekindled subjectivities of school days, and technics and human progression. These countervisions argue against the homogenizing status quo of the present in order to challenge the customs, traditions and conventions of the past and propositions of the future.


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image: School of Change, 2012 © Jennet Thomas. Reproduced with permission. Cover design: Peter Lang Ltd. ISSN 2235-2325 ISBN 978-3-0343-1935-5 (print) • ISBN 978-1-78707-574-0 (ePDF) ISBN 978-1-78707-575-7 (ePub) • ISBN 978-1-78707-576-4 (mobi) © Peter Lang AG, International Academic Publishers, Bern 2017 Wabernstrasse 40, CH-3007 Bern, Switzerland,, All rights reserved. All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems. This publication has been peer reviewed. Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche National biblio- grafie; detailed bibliographic data is available on the Internet at A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Wilson, Stephen, 1973- editor of compilation. | Jaffé, Deborah, editor of compilation. Title: Memories of the future : on countervision / [edited by] Stephen Wilson and Deborah Jaffé. Description: 1st edition. | Oxford ; New York : Peter Lang, 2017. | Series: Cultural memories ; 6 | Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2016024288 | ISBN 9783034319355 (alk. paper) Subjects: LCSH: Future, The--Social aspects. | Future, The--Political aspects. | Future, The--Philosophy. | Future, The--Study and teaching. | Forecasting--Social aspects. | Memory--Social aspects. | Counterculture. | Intellectual life. | Arts and society. Classification: LCC CB161 .J32 2016 | DDC 303.4909/05--dc23 LC record available at

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