History 490Y (101) Seminar for History Majors: History of the Future

Instructor(s)

Term

1

Course Level

Undergraduate

Credits

3

Days Met

T

Course Times

11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Description

This course that explores changing conceptions, understandings and imaginings of the future from early writings on the apocalypse, to millenarian movements, to Enlightenment beliefs in progress, to modernist understandings of the future, to postmodernist revisions of time. Exploring how some of those in the past, and up to the present, have imagined and engaged with the future, through such things as writings on utopias, the mounting of exhibitions at world fairs, the construction of model capital cities, science fiction and the writing of futurists, movies, and changes in computer and digital technology, among other kinds of texts, provides the means for those taking the course to begin to write their own history of the future.