Austerity Futures? Imagining and Materialising the Future in an ‘Age of Austerity’ was a two year programme of events that ran from 2012-2014 to examine whether the current ‘age of austerity’ in the UK, Europe and some other parts of the developed Western world, changes the ways in which the future is imagined, planned for, worked towards and brought into being.
Funded by the Economic and Social Science Research Council and organised by a group of academics based at Lancaster, York, Durham and Goldsmiths, the series of seminars, workshops and conference brought together leading researchers from the UK, America, Canada, Australia and Europe with those working on methodologies for mapping the future in the public, private and third sectors.
Although the series has ended, events are currently being organised that develop some of the themes and ideas covered – see for example the We Can’t Be There series of events where artists, academics and cultural commentators discuss their approaches to studying the politics of futurity and disasters.
Publications from the series are also in process – see the Resources page for more details.