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In the call for this special issue for the EAEPE Journal we can find the word ‘scenario’. The question is, if the authors can imagine scenarios in which “potential strategies for the appropriation of existing capitalist infrastructures […] in order to provoke the emergence of post-capitalist infrastructures” can be described. Obviously, the call verges on the border of science fiction – and this is not a bad thing. Diverse strands of media studies and science and technology studies have shown that not only the development of science and (media) technology is deeply interwoven in social imaginaries about possible outcomes and their implicated futures, but there is a whole theoretical tradition in which societies as such are fundamentally constituted by imaginary relations. But in all these discussions, one notion very seldom appears: that of an ‘imaginary economy’, meaning a collectively held system of more or less vague or detailed ideas, what an economy is, how it works and how it should be.
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