Books and Multimodal work by the Future Anthropologies Network

2022 An Anthropology of Technologies and Futures
Routledge, eds. Débora Lanzeni, Karen Waltorp, Sarah Pink and Rachel Charlotte Smith
The participation of anthropologists in contexts of the design, development, and use of new automated, connected and intelligent emerging technologies is creating new opportunities as well as generating ethical challenges. Technologies and Futures examines how technological futures are being constituted and the roles anthropologists can play in their making; how anthropologists can engage with emerging technologies within their fieldwork contexts and in research which seeks to influence future design; how to create critical and interventionist approaches to technology design and innovation; and finally how a critical anthropology of emerging technologies as experienced in everyday life offers new insights for future making practices.


In Search of Lost Futures: Anthropological Explorations in Multimodality, Deep Interdisciplinarity, and Autoethnography book cover 2022 Energy Futures
De Gruyter, eds. Simone Abram, Karen Waltorp, Nathalie Ortar, Sarah Pink.
Energy Futures is born of a collaboration between energy anthropologists and futures anthropologists. This multi-authored anthology critically reviews dominant visions for and of energy futures with a grounding in ethnography. Attentive to both the uncertainty and contingency of futures and the creative capacity of people to improvise, we reveal how dominant energy futures are complicit with narratives of colonisation, capitalism, technological solutionism and how they generally fail to understand, acknowledge or attend to people as participants in energy futures. Insisting on a rigorously analytical anthropology of energy futures, the four sections of the book, each drawing on four empirical cases, examine the foundations of a futures anthropology and energy anthropology approach to outline how they open up alternative ways of conceptualising energy futures.


In Search of Lost Futures: Anthropological Explorations in Multimodality, Deep Interdisciplinarity, and Autoethnography book cover 2021 In Search of Lost Futures: Anthropological Explorations in Multimodality, Deep Interdisciplinarity, and Autoethnography
Palgrave MacMillan, eds. Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston and Mark Auslander
The book explores anthropological futures and imagined anthropologies through autoethnographic, multimodal, and interdisciplinary methods. It uncovers imaginative and future-oriented collaborative approaches of ethnographers, creative artists, curators, and those working with new media and technology. It is a contribution to the fields of (futures) anthropology, performance studies, studies of exhibition and design, museum studies, and beyond.


2018 Video talks and Blended learning resources
Produced by Karen Waltorp and Christian Vium with support from Aarhus University, Edu-IT. Copyright 2018.
Pink, S. Waltorp, K. and Lanzéni, D. (2018.) A conversation on data and digital visual methodologies. Aarhus University/Emerging Technologies Lab.


Pink, S. (2018). Video in Anthropological Research. Aarhus University/Emerging Technologies Lab.


Waltorp, K. (2018) The Flow of Images. Aarhus University/Emerging Technologies Lab.


Anthropologies and Futures: Researching emerging and uncertain worlds book cover 2017 Anthropologies and Futures: Researching emerging and uncertain worlds
Bloomsbury, 2017 eds. Juan Salazar, Sarah Pink, Andrew Irving and Johannes Sjöberg
Anthropology has a critical, practical role to play in contemporary debates about futures. This game-changing new book presents new ways of conceptualising how to engage with a future-oriented research agenda, demonstrating how anthropologists can approach futures both theoretically and practically, and introducing a set of innovative research methods to tackle this field of research. Anthropology and Futures brings together a group of leading scholars from across the world, including Sarah Pink, Rayna Rapp, Faye Ginsburg and Paul Stoller. Firmly grounded in ethnographic fieldwork experience, the book’s fifteen chapters traverse ethnographies with people living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda, disability activists in the U.S., young Muslim women in Copenhagen, refugees in Milan, future-makers in Barcelona, planning and land futures in the UK, the design of workspaces in Melbourne, rewilding in the French Pyrenees, and speculative ethnographies among emerging communities in Antarctica. Taking a strong interdisciplinary approach, the authors respond to growing interest in the topic of futures in anthropology and beyond. This ground-breaking text is a call for more engaged, interventional and applied anthropologies. It is essential reading for students and researchers in anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, design and research methods.