Governing the future through scenaristic and simulative modalities of imagination

Limor Samimian-Darash*

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In this article, I examine several expressions of imaginative practices to unpack the umbrella term scenario. Drawing on my long-term fieldwork on Israel’s annual Turning Point exercises, I examine actual uses of scenarios and distinguish between two different logics of imaginative practices and the modalities in which the future is governed by them, which I refer to as the scenaristic and the simulative. As I demonstrate, these two modalities can be distinguished from each other in terms of their approaches to future uncertainty, their temporalities and the role of imagination within their enactment. To further conceptually develop the logics of imagination, I draw on Deleuze’s and Bergson’s discussions of the concept of fabulation, and I suggest that scenarios and simulations represent two different logics of future-governing that are based on practices of imagination.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)393-416
Number of pages24
JournalAnthropological Theory
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2022

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  • fabulation
  • imagination
  • scenarios
  • simulations
  • temporality
  • uncertainty


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