Scenarios in a Time of Urgency Shifting Temporality and Technology

Limor Samimian-Darash*

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Abstract

This article explores the connection between technology and temporality, and discusses specifically scenario technology and the temporality of urgency, in the context of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. It illustrates how, despite the inherent orientation toward the future potentiality in this technology, once an actual event occurs and the temporality of preparedness is overridden by a temporality of urgency, the scenario technology is adapted to the new temporality in terms of its form and content. In correspon-dence with the scholarship of ‘the anthropology of the future’, the article focuses on changes in temporal orientations – specifically, with a shift from a temporality of (future) preparedness to a temporal orientation of (immediate) urgency and how such a shift in temporality affects the technology of the scenario. Moving from preparing for potential future uncertainties to responding to an urgent event set in a present that is unfolding into an uncertain, immediate future provokes a new temporal orientation, for which the initial temporality of the scenario technology becomes its limitation.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)90-109
Number of pages20
JournalSocial Anthropology
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2022

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Keywords

  • preparedness
  • scenario
  • temporality
  • uncertainty
  • urgency

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