NARRATIVE FUTURING

AN EXPERIMENTAL WRITING INQUIRY INTO THE FUTURE IMAGINARIES

Authors

  • Rachel Horst The University of British Columbia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18432/ari29554

Keywords:

futures, narrative inquiry, fiction as research, new materialism, post humanism

Abstract

In this paper I explore the scholarly potential of a narrative futuring methodology for writing-as-becoming within the context of the future imaginary. Through an experimental bricolage of future fiction, theoretical exploration, and personal essay, I attempt to perform a methodology that troubles temporal boundaries and allows me to write my way into the new. I situate this exploratory work within a rich heteroglossia of creative futures and speculative writing that exists both in and outside the academy and informs my narrative futuring praxis. New materialism and post humanism provide the onto-ethico-epistem-ologies for this creative inquiry in which I attempt to entangle myself with rational possibility, absurd potentiality, and poetic virtuality. The future narrative here is neither predictive nor prophetic, but rather is taken up as a mechanism for doing futures-oriented theory; this is a writing-as-reaching into thick assemblages of the not-yet and storying the productive partiality of narrative (non)representation.

Author Biography

Rachel Horst, The University of British Columbia

Rachel Horst is a PhD student in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. Her research explores the confluence of digital technologies, writing-as-becoming, and narrative futuring to cultivate future imaginary/ies and productively engage with the ethico-onto-epistemological and aesthetic implications of (post)qualitative research.

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Published

2021-04-22

How to Cite

Horst, R. (2021). NARRATIVE FUTURING: AN EXPERIMENTAL WRITING INQUIRY INTO THE FUTURE IMAGINARIES. Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, 6(1), 32–55. https://doi.org/10.18432/ari29554