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African FuturesEssays on Crisis, Emergence, and Possibility$
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Brian Goldstone and Juan Obarrio

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226402246

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226402413.001.0001

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Introduction: Untimely Africa?

Introduction: Untimely Africa?

(p.1) One Introduction: Untimely Africa?
African Futures

Brian Goldstone

Juan Obarrio

University of Chicago Press

This opening chapter introduces the aims of the collection. This book of essays approaches the subject of futurity in Africa as an irreducibly open question, one whose potential answers are contingent not only on who is posing the question but also on the myriad specificities— of scale, location, sensibility— that orient it. Far from presenting a case for African exceptionalism, then, or positing a single totalizing image of futurity and emergence taking place on the continent, the chapters that follow engage a wide, interdisciplinary conversation about imaginations and practices of the future while at the same time addressing, from the perspective of specific (if shifting) regional and historical loci, global debates taking place across a spectrum of regions and fields of inquiry

Keywords:   Africa, anthropology, interdisciplinary scholarship, futurity

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