Type
Working paper
Title
The political life of prediction : The future as a space of scientific world governance in the Cold War era
In
Les Cahiers européens de Sciences Po
Author(s)
ANDERSSON Jenny - Centre d'études européennes et de politique comparée (Author)
RINDZEVICIUTE Egle - Centre d'études européennes et de politique comparée (Author)
Editor
Paris : Centre d'études européennes et de politique comparée
Collection
Les Cahiers européens de Sciences Po : 04/2012
Pages
25 p.
Keywords
Cold War, Future discourses, Scientific governance
Abstract
EN
This working paper explores the role of the future as a space of scientific exchange and dialogue in the Cold War period. We argue that in East and West the governance of the future were understood as both intellectual and technical problem that, importantly, challenged existing notions of the nature of liberal democratic and communist political regimes. Casting the future as a governable sphere led to the development of new forms of scientific governance which sought explicitly to depoliticize the future and turn it into a new transnational domain of technocratic politics. The paper focuses on the parallels and exchanges among American and Soviet futurologists. East-West collaboration was essential to the invention of the future as a governable technoscientific space, situated beyond political dispute.

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