481.2 Disrupted modernities: The dissipation of the present as a utopian future of the industrial past

Friday, August 3, 2012: 10:57 AM
Faculty of Economics, TBA
Oral Presentation
Timothy W. LUKE , Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
This study will focus on the precarious nature of contemporary modernity in its liquid and illiquid forms. Hence, should one reevaluate the present in search of the signs that indicate what is developing or devolving into either some conditions of failed modernization or even actual demodernization?  Utopia is a "nowhere," but how has it perhaps become an embedded and material everyday working reality in so many more places for larger numbers of people with the synchroncity of excessive sovereign debt, peak oil, tapped out natural resources, rapid climate change, civic collapse, deeply entrenched economic immobility during  the past decade?