Staying with Speculation: Natures, Futures, Politics

Matthew Johnson* (Editor), Maria Alejandra Luján Escalante (Editor), Christine Mortimer (Editor), Luke Moffat (Editor), Laura Forlano, Shawn Bodden (Editor), Jen Ross (Editor), Joe Deville (Editor), Anna Jackman, Maximilian Jablonowski, Paul Cureton, Clare McCracken, Angela Piccini, Arjen Kleinherenbrink, Stuart Sim, Nik Baerten, Anne Galloway, Kaya Barry, Michelle Duffy, Michele LoboBronislaw Szerszynski, Michelle Westerlaken, Christine Mortimer, Markéta Dolejšová, Serena Pollastri, Georgina Voss, James Fathers, Melanie Levick-Parkin, Eve Stirling, Maria Hanson, Roger Bateman, Paul Graham Raven, Johannes Stripple, Naomi Jacobs, Yannick Rumpala, Vivienne Kuh, David Tyfield, Michael Hauskeller, Jack Owen Griffiths, Michael Lewis, Lewis Coyne, Lorraine Daston

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The questions of what speculation is, what it means and what it is for, touch and trouble the pieces of work in this issue. As nature begins to ‘speak back’ at our various misdemeanours, exploitations and violences, the urgency of tackling the messy, unpredictable, volatile and multiple materials of possible futures is thrown into stark relief. The utopian ambitions of Harris and his co-founders must necessarily remain a stubborn visibility, amid all the visible and invisible problems presented by seriously researching the world. The work that has been shared here, and the conversations, projects, missions and stories that it will continue to nourish, extends a branch, a semi-visible rope, into the strange and unpredictable world of speculative thought. Far from Kant’s sombre reflections, this issue is also somehow near to them, as the task of revealing, un-concealing, via the speculative work of our reason, the processes, mechanics and ethics of our knowledge, is still ongoing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-314
Volume11
No.1-2
Specialist publicationGlobal Discourse
PublisherBristol University Press
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2021

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