Futures Studies, Mobilities, and the Postdigital Condition: Contention or Complement

John Traxler, Stuart Connor, Sarah Hayes, Petar Jandrić*

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This paper explores relationships between recent developments in the fields of mobilities, futures, and postdigital studies. The article covers six main themes: questions and their histories; definitions; research methods and ethics; the nature and ownership of knowing and learning; understandings of time, space, identity, community, and relationships; and political processes and political legitimacy. The article was written in three steps. In the first step, the leading author (John Traxler) has identified the relevant themes. In the second step, proponents of each position have freely responded to the themes (futures studies, Stuart Connor; postdigital theory, Sarah Hayes and Petar Jandrić; mobilities, John Traxler). In the third step, the responses have been collectively (re)mixed and edited, identifying complementary and conflicting concepts and ideas. The article was initiated a month before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, and it was completed over one and a half years later. Thusly, responses and analyses have included the pandemic experience without explicitly focusing to the Covid-19 pandemic. The paper concludes with drawing together contributions, seeking underlying commonalities and differences, and looking for trends, convergence, and change. Epistemically, the three positions discussed in this paper are far from commensurable. Yet they are compatible and complementary, in a postdigital dialogue, in a sense that they all need each others’ inputs on the road to a better understanding of our current condition, and the road to a better future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)494-518
Number of pages25
JournalPostdigital Science and Education
Issue number2
Early online date12 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022


  • Community
  • Convergence
  • Covid-19
  • Definitions
  • Dialogue
  • Ethics
  • Futures
  • History
  • Identity
  • Knowing
  • Learning
  • Mobilities
  • New normal
  • Paradigms
  • Philosophies
  • Political legitimacy
  • Political processes
  • Postdigital
  • Relationships
  • Research methods
  • Space
  • Time
  • World views


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