About the Project

“The Future is Elsewhere: Towards a Comparative History of Digital Futurities” research project was started in 2010 at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology of Leiden University after receiving research grant from Dutch National Research Foundation (NWO). The interest in closer inspection of forms of future rose out of involvement in two earlier research projects – Cyberspace Salvations and the Asiascape network for contemporary media in East Asia. The project is led by Prof. Peter Pels – see the project’s team and our research interests below.

We partner with Prof. Chris Goto-Jones and his research group “Beyond Utopia: New Politics, the Politics of Knowledge, and the Science Fictional Field of Japan“.

You are invited to take a look at an excerpt of the original project proposal. It shows what kind of considerations and questions informed us when we started the project. For a summary of more recent take on futurities please refer to the Exploring Futurities description or the extended version of the Call for Papers. 

Exploring Futurities

Read about our approach to ‘future’ through its different forms or ‘futurities’. For the conference we suggest to explore the following four forms – open futures, empty futures, temporariness of the present and experience of multi-temporality.

About Us

We are a group of researchers at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University who are interested in the exploration of the role of the future(s). Read more about us and our individual research interests here.

Project Proposal

You are invited to take a look at an excerpt of the original project proposal. It shows what kind of considerations and questions informed us when we started the project.