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Termin: 25.06.2018 Uhrzeit: 16:15 - 17:45 ( Montag )

Elke Seefried: Global Futures? A Contemporary History of Futures Studies

Referent/in: Prof. Dr. Elke Seefried (Munich)

This presentation provides a historical overview of the field of 'futures studies' from the 1950s up to the present, focusing particularly on 'Western' futures studies. The paper argues that the futures field was reconceptualized around 1970, shifting its perspective from a West-East perspective towards a global one. It analyses the epistemic roots, the drivers and actors as well as the political and social contexts of this shift, showing that the futures field was not only influenced by the events of the 1960s and 1970s but itself contributed to cultural and political change by stimulating circulating notions on "One World" solidarity and global futures. Through their insistence on the interdependence of environment and development, ‘futurists’ then laid the basis for political conceptions of sustainable development.

Elke Seefried is Professor for Contemporary Historay at the University of Augsburg and second deputy director of the Institute of Contemporary History in Munich and Berlin. Her researchfocus has been on intellectual history of German liberalism and political Catholicism in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Ort: Dept. for Geography, Geozentrum
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Veranstalter: CRC 228