Ethnifuturism in the Gulf

Image: Flickr / arwcheek

Image: Flickr / arwcheek

My long interview with Rahel Aima of THE STATE, a publication based in Dubai, on the emergence of ethnifuturisms—non-western conceptions of the future coming from the Global South—has just been published in the summer/fall issue of Current Intelligence.

In it, I explore how these alternative future cultures are growing, what constitutes them, and talk to Aima about their main drivers and actors, and how she sees them interacting with cultures in the Gulf, Africa, India and beyond. Aima adds rich insight from her perspective as an analyst, curator and observer of these movements. 

An excerpt: 

"As the Gulf, the BRICs, emerging markets, and the Global South in general take on a more defining role in the next century, from economic and political policy to design and culture, the Western/Northern themes that have so defined our discourse about the future will be more displaced than added to by emerging ethnifutures, providing a broad canvas on which these regions’ aspirations and fears will be projected. As we in the West are just now sitting and asking ourselves where our grand future visions fell short, we can see the stresses ethnifuturisms reveal as being signals that point to future political and social hotspots—not necessarily conflict, but friction, both creative and destructive that may fill the space these older failures leave behind."