further reading

These texts are in order of publication.


Johannes Fabian, Time and the Other: How Anthropology Makes Its Object (New York: Columbia University Press, 1983, 2nd ed. 2002), chapters 1 “Time and the Emerging Other,” and 2 “Our Time, Their Time, No Time: Coevalness Denied.”

Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, What is Philosophy? New York: Columbia University Press, 1994).

Arjun Appadurai, “Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy,” in his Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996).”

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Death of a Discipline (New York: Columbia University Press, 2003): chapter 3, “Planetarity.”

Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, Yve-Alain Bois, Benjamin Buchloh, Art Since 1900: Modernism, Anti-Modernism, Postmodernism (London: Thames & Hudson, 2004; 2nd ed. 2011).

Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005), Introduction.

Kwame Anthony Appiah, Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (New York: Norton, 2006), introduction, ch. 9 “The Counter-Cosmopolitans.”

Arjun Appadurai, Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2006), chapter 6 “Grassroots Globalization in the Era of Ideocide.”

Nick Bostrom, TED talk, April 2007, “Our Biggest Problems,” at https://www.ted.com/talks/nick_bostrom_on_our_biggest_problems

Terry Smith, “Introduction: The Contemporaneity Question,” in Terry Smith, Okwui Enwezor and Nancy Condee eds., Antinomies of Art and Culture: Modernity, Postmodernity, Contemporaneity (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008).

Giorgio Agamben, “On Contemporaneity,” Lecture at the European Graduate School, 2007; in Giorgio Agamben, “What is an Apparatus?” and Other Essays (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009), 39-56.

Jacques Attali, A Brief History of the Future (Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 2009), Foreword and chapter 6, “The Third Wave: Planetary Democracy.”

Hans Belting and Andrea Buddensieg eds., The Global Art World: Audiences, Markets, and Museums (Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2009), Introduction.

Dipesh Chakrabarty, “The Climate of History: Four Theses,” Critical Inquiry, vol. 35, no. 2 (winter 2009): 197-222.

Hal Foster ed., “Questionnaire on ‘the contemporary’: 32 Responses,” October # 130 (Fall 2009): 3-124.

Édouard Glissant, Poetics of Relation (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2010), “Errantry, Exile,” “Poetics,” “Distancing, Determining,” “That That.”

Kobena Mercer, “The Cross-cultural and the Contemporary,” in Miranda Wallace ed., 21st Century: Art in the First Decade (Brisbane: Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, 2011): 194-2011.

Christian Moraru, Cosmodernism: American Narrative, Late Globalization, and the New Cultural Imaginary (University of Michigan Press, 2011).

Terry Smith, Contemporary Art: World Currents (London: Laurence King, 2011; Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2012), Introduction.

Jacques Rancière, “In What Time Do We Live?’ in Office for Contemporary Art, Norway, The State of Things (London: Koenig Books, 2012).

Jean-Philippe Antoine, “The Historicity of the Contemporary is Now!”, in Alexander Dumbadze and Suzanne Hudson eds., Contemporary Art: 1989 to the Present (Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 2013), 28-36.

Arjun Appadurai, The Future as Cultural Fact: Essays on the Global Condition (London: Verso, 2013), chapter 15.

Hans Belting, “From World Art to Global Art: View from a New Panorama,” in Hans Belting, Andrea Buddensieg and Peter Weibel eds., The Global Contemporary and the Rise of New Worlds (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press for ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2013).

TJ Demos, The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary during Global Crisis (Duke University Press, 2013).

TJ Demos, Return to the Postcolony: Spectres of Colonialism in Contemporary Art (Sternberg Press, 2013).

Douglas Rushkoff, Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now (New York: Penguin Group, 2013), preface.

Keith Moxey, Visual Time: The Image in History (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2013), ch. 3 “Contemporaneity’s Heterochronicity.”

Peter Osborne: Anywhere or Not at All: Philosophy of Contemporary Art (London: Verso 2013), Introduction and chapter 1 “The fiction of the contemporary.”

Russell West-Pavlov, Temporalities (London; Routledge, 2013), Introduction and Conclusion.

Dipesh Chakrabarty, “Climate and Capital; On Conjoined Histories,” Critical Inquiry, vol. 41, no. 1 (Autumn 2014): 1-23.

Jonathan Crary, 24/7 (London: Verso, 2014), ch. 4.

François Jullien, On the Universal: the uniform, the common, and the dialogue between cultures [2008] (London: Polity, 2014), chapters I, II, III, XII, and XIII.

Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything: Capitalism versus The Climate (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2014), “Introduction: One Way or Another, Everything Changes” and “Conclusion: The Leap Years: Just Enough Time for Impossible.”

Peter Osborne, “The Postconceptual Condition: Or, The Cultural Logic of High Capitalism Today,” Radical Philosophy, no. 184 (March/April 2014).

Nick Bostrom, TED talk, April 2015. “What Happens When Computers Get Smarter Than We Are,”  at  https://www.ted.com/talks/nick_bostrom_what_happens_when_our_computers_get_smarter_than_we_are#t-396563

Amy J. Elias and Christian Moraru, The Planetary Turn: Relationality and Geoaesthetics in the Twenty-First Century (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2015), “Introduction: The Planetary Condition.”

Paul Mason, Post-Capitalism: A Guide to Our Future (Harmondsworth: Allen Lane, 2015), Introduction and Chapter 10 “Project Zero.”

Christian Moraru, Reading for the Planet: Toward a Geomethodology (University of Michigan Press, 2015).

Peter Singer, The Most Good You Can Do (Melbourne: Text Publishing, 2015), preface, chs. 1, 2 and 15.

United Nations, Framework Convention on Climate Change, December 12, 2015 (FCCC/CP/2015/l.9/Rev.1), in two parts: Adoption of the Agreement, pages 1-20; Annex: The Paris Agreement, 20-32.

TJ Demos, Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2016)

Robert Manne, “Diabolical: Why Have We Failed to Address Climate Change?” The Monthly, December 2015-January 2016):  25-34.

Joel Burges and Amy J. Elias, “Introduction: Time Studies Today,” forthcoming, pdf.