Gulf Futurism

My newest research project focuses on Gulf Futurism as an artistic and literary movement in the Arabian/Persian Gulf. Artistic works explore hypercapitalism and consumerism, technology, and outer space ambitions, along with the ethnofutures of a region where migrant workers from the Global South constitute a vast majority of the population.

My project reveals how Gulf futurists critique and simultaneously aid the construction of particular chronographies of power, by which I mean the power-dynamics that result from creating a particular socio-political, economic, and gendered image of the future.

 

The futures imagined in artistic science-fiction works profoundly influence the engineering of our futures in reality, which cultural theorist Mark Fisher has termed “sci-fi capital". This is especially relevant in a region that has attracted intense media coverage for its ambitions and state-sanctioned visions for a utopia soon-to-come, including the UAE’s Mars mission, museums of the future, robots with citizenship, or futuristic urban projects.

Currently, I am preparing a conference paper on this subject which I will present at this year's Middle East Studies Association.

Research output

Future Glitch

Conference Paper
Middle East Studies Association
October 2020

Dubai City View

Conference Paper

Horizon 2020 Global Traces Conference: Art Practice, Ethnography, Contested Heritage, University of Oslo, February 2019