Welcome to Issue 2 of the 2nd volume of Junctions! This issue explores Imaginaries Futures and provides provide a critical reflection of past ‘imaginings’, such as analyses of dystopian literature, preservation of heritage and influence of technology on social relations.
The cover image shows “Children at the Sea” by well-known Dutch photographer Willem van de Poll, which is, ironically, ‘undated’. It shows a younger generation looking into the unknown, the sea that cannot yet be conquered by the subject nor seen in the photograph. In this manner, the photograph visualizes this Junctions issue as encompassing the variety of imagining the futures. Whatever the future might entail, what ties the articles together is primarily the process of looking at the future rather than the content on the imagined futures. Accordingly, the special issue ‘Imaginaries of the Future’ holds a tension in its phrasing. The word ‘imaginaries’ holds the connotation of fiction, implying existence only in the minds of their creators, whereas there is a connotation of fact when it comes to ‘future’, which describes that which is not yet real, but will be.
We would like to thank all the members of the Editorial Board and all the peer reviewers for their time and efforts in shaping the issue. Without you, there would be no journal. We are especially thankful to Junctions founder Stephanie de Smale, who is stepping down as Editor-in-Chief with this issue after two successful years.
‘Imagining the future’ of Junctions without you is difficult, but we will do our very best to continue with as much dedication and creativity as you have!