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thN Lng folk 2go: Investigating Future Premoderns (TM)

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPunctum
ISBN (Print)9780615890258
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013

Abstract

Neomedievalisms are cultural practices that orchestrate a variety of premoderns as permanent rehearsals of coming events. Where medievalist scholars police the post-medieval universe for 'inauthentic' medievalisms, neomedievalists embrace the articulation and mobilisation of such 'anachronisms'. To the medievalist, medievalisms are powerful indexes that reveal how post-medieval societies have variously imagined 'little middle ages' to suit their own agendas. To the neomedievalist, medievalisms are theory-fictions that enable intense ludic speculation on non-modern futurities. While neomedievalist theories have emerged in a variety of fields since the early-1970s – notably in cultural studies of medievalisms, international relations and literary theory – there are no comprehensive applications that synthesise and put the methodologies of these diverse fields into practice. thN Lng folk 2go applies this extant scholarship as an extradisciplinary practice, dramatising the neomedieval turn in objects, persons, work, education, travel, food, ethnicity, media, art, hypereconomics and technology. This speculative journey is ghost authored by a trinity of neomedievalist narrators: Journeyman, Anchorite and Host each reliving their own curious neomedieval futurities. thN Lng folk 2go is extradisciplinary in form and field. Drawing its heterogeneous methodologies from studies in medievalisms, international relations, literary theory, actor-network theory, anthropology, hypereconomics, art history, aesthetics, ecology, cultural theory, cultural geography, speculative realism and future studies - it is both a study of and a contribution to neomedievalist practices. See: Emery & Utz, Medievalism: Key Critical Terms, Cambridge: D.S.Brewer, 2014, p49

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  • Medievalism, Neomedievalism, Speculative Realism, Contemporary Art Theory, Future Studies, Cultural Studies

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