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Memories of the Future

On Countervision

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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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Alberto Abruzzese is Professor Emeritus of Sociology of Communication at IULM University in Milan. His research fields are: mass communica- tion, cinema, television and new media, especially with a focus on social changes related to mass uses of media. His works include: Forme estetiche e società di massa (1973); Lo splendore della TV. Origini e destino del linguag- gio audiovisivo (1995); Educare e comunicare. Spazi e azioni dei media, co ed. R. Maragliano (Mondadori, 2008); Punto zero. Il crepuscolo dei barbari (Luca Sossella Editore, 2015). Karl Bell is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Portsmouth. His research explores aspects of the fantastical imagination from the eight- eenth to the twentieth century, including supernatural folklore, the occult, magical and spiritual beliefs, and their relationship to modernity. He also has developing interests in proto-science fiction and past notions of futu- rity. He is the author of The Magical Imagination: Magic and Modernity in Urban England, 1780–1914 (2012) and the award-winning The Legend of Spring-heeled Jack: Victorian Urban Folklore and Popular Culture (2012). More recently, he has co-edited two books, Port Towns and Urban Cultures: International Histories of the Waterfront, 1700–2000 (2016), and a short story collection, Dark City: Portsmouth Tales of Haunting and Horror (2016). He is also the director of Supernatural Cities, an interdisciplinary research project and network based at the University of Portsmouth (). Sarah Bonner is Senior Lecturer at the University of Cumbria. She teaches visual studies and critical theory and is the course leader of...

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