Epistemes and the Long Term Future (2002)

By Sohail Inayatullah Forecasts of the future often assume that the larger epistemological context for events and trends are stable. However, taking a macrohistorical perspective – drawn from Johan Galtung’s and Sohail Inayatullah’s, Macrohistory and Macrohistorians and Michel Foucault’s The Order of Things – forecasts themselves are understood by the episteme that shapes them. For […]

West and Non-West, Ego and Alter-Ego: Technological, Communicative and Microvita Futures Explored (2001)

Sohail Inayatullah. Professor, Department of Futures Studies, Tamkang University; International Management Centres Association, University of Action Learning; the Communication Center, Queensland University of Technology. Keywords: Civilizations, Alternative Futures, Agricultural, Food, Macrohistory, Scenarios Summary: The argument made in this article that there are generally two foundational global  futures – the artificial (globalization-technologization) era and the communicative-inclusive […]

Terror and World System Futures (2001)

Sohail Inayatullah[1] The events of September 11, 2001 should be seen in global human terms as a crime against humanity and not as a war against anyone. This is not only because those in the WTC come from many nationalities [2] but as well issues of solidarity and efficacy of response move us in that […]

Reclaiming Community: Histories and Futures (2001)

By Sohail Inayatullah I start out with a simple question: 1. Who are the carriers of the codes of the future? In the middle ages, interestingly enough, it is the exact social formation many of us find troubling today. I quote extensively from Macrohistorian Johan Galtung. Thus a class of burghers (living behind the burg, behind […]

Science, Civilization and Global Ethics: Can We Understand the Next 1000 Years? (2000)

By Sohail Inayatullah What will the world look like in one thousand years? What factors will create the long-term future? What are the trajectories? Will we survive as a species? Will science reduce human ignorance through its discoveries or will ignorance increase as science becomes the hegemonic discourse? Will that which is most important to […]

Feminist Critiques and Visions of the Future (1998)

By Ivana Milojević and Sohail Inayatullah Current trends One does not need to be an expert to realize that wherever we look, either into our past or into our present, either within our local community or around the world, one fact remains almost universal: society always treats its women worse than it treats its men. […]

Macrohistory and the Future (1998)

By Sohail Inayatullah History of social systems Based on the book Macrohistory and Macrohistorians,[1] this essay links macrohistory with futures studies. It takes the views of twenty or so macrohistorians and asks what do they offer to the study of alternative futures.[2] Macrohistory is the study of the histories of social systems, along separate trajectories, […]

Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar’s Social Cycles, World Unity and Peace (1996)

By Johan Galtung, dr hc mult, Professor of Peace Studies; Universitaet Witten/Herdecke, European Peace University, Universitetet i Tromsoe; Director, TRANSCEND: A Peace Network Introduction: On Sarkar at 75 We are honoring a great thinker and a great practitioner. I have chosen to honor him as a great macro-historian, focusing on his theory of social cycles […]

Global Transformations (1995)

Sohail Inayatullah Abstract Sohail Inayathullah examines the changing concepts of nature and technology in an essay on global structural transformations. He argues that the nation, the local, and the global capitalist system are in the midst of a dramatic structural transformation pointing to massive shifts in identity, economy and governance. He suggests ways for these […]