I maintain a variety of smaller public projects on Github
once said : "We live in an
incomprehensible present. And that what I'm
actually trying to do is illuminate the moment.
And make the moment accessible. I am not even
really trying to explain the moment. Just
trying to make it accessible." If the aim of a
teacher is to help students ready themselves
for a future or thrive in a present, then, as a
teacher, I worry about how to best live in and
shape this present and future. Politics will
and should change in the face of other changes
(in technology, the environment and
populations). So far, some undergraduate
students at the University of Illinois and I
have been seeking ways to understand and judge
the politics of an incomprehensible present and
unpredictable future by reading and discussing
canonical political theorists paired with
science fiction authors. We aim to practice
imagining a future politics in an effort to
develop a flexible political imagination
following Jamais Cascio's idea that
futurism is not about prediction but about mental readiness .
We had some minutes of fame.
You can see our syllabi from 2021 2020 and 2013 .
You can see an overview of the Future Politics class here .
Politics of the Future
I was be a part of a group of political scientists who met to discuss the future of politics and what new questions new politics raises for political science at the Politics of the Future Workshop in June of 2014.
I discussed how science fiction can help us train ourselves to think about future politics (with some digressions on the utility of reading Marx along with science fiction authors) on Australia National Radio's Science Fiction: Earth's repair manual?