The Anthropocene as a re-adaptation challenge: the new era an old perspective - The Faye Gale Lecture (18878)
While as a geological proposal, the Anthropocene epoch is inherently historical, as an audit of modernity it has triggered a wide range of assessments on the future. This paper engages with the odd field of futures studies to explore the way alternative future visions and narratives are being generated through a mix of calculation, imagination and enactment (cf Anderson 2010). Focused particularly on the ambiguous art and science of scenario planning, the paper positions the growing use of futures methods in historical, cultural and political context, complementing a focus on the competing content of different visions with a focus on their construction. In doing so, it highlights the strategic and spatially and temporally specific way that different futures are and are not being made present and the slippery use of anticipatory terms such as resilience and adaptation. To end, the paper builds on the recent call for ‘future geographies’ (Anderson and Adey 2012) by outlining three directions for future(s) research: futurists; futures; and geographers’ futuring.