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Topics in History: The Future In History

Procedurally-generated 19th-century bookplate representing Montreal in the future

Though it may sound paradoxical, in Western cultures, when people talk about the history, the narratives created inevitably also talk about futurity. Representations of the Past and of the Future are always articulated in the present. This leads to what seems like another paradox: the Future has a history and has been imagined differently at different times in the past. In this senior seminar, we will reflect on the presence of the Future in the Past, on futurity and futurism, and on the retro-futures that continue to inform how we understand the flow of history and on how we represent the past today.

Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6




Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.