Figurations of Timely Extraction

PRITCHARD, Helen; ROCHA, Jara; SNELTING, Femke. Figurations of Timely Extraction. Media Theory, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 2, p. 159-188, dec. 2020. ISSN 2557-826X. Available at: <>.

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The contributions to the special issue see time not as a neutral backdrop to, but as actively constituted by and constitutive of, (digital) media, and develop broad understandings of both media and the temporality of the present/present temporalities. The special issue develops theoretically informed and engaged understandings of digital media presents, drawing from and expanding a range of theoretical traditions, including feminist, queer and anti-racist theory, science and technology studies, media theory, philosophy and cultural theory.

Pritchard,  Rocha  and Snelting build on a mixed methodology combining ethnography with practice-based experimentations  with  game  engines and  4D  earth  modelling  software to  untangle the  complex  worldings  that  emerge  parallel  to,  yet  irreducible  to, the  logics  of contemporary    extractivist    capitalism, and    outline    affirmative    modes    for understanding timely extraction differently through complexity and alliance.