Near Futures Online Issue No. 1 (March 2016) “Europe at Crossroads” 

Attracting international investors while repelling undesirable migrants: since the Great Recession of 2009, these two preoccupations have dominated the European agenda. Given the havoc wrought by austerity programs and the ongoing ordeal of asylum seekers, what possibilities does the near future hold, for the European Union and for the left’s ability to challenge its current priorities?


Michel Feher is a philosopher and founding editor of Zone Books and the co-editor, with Wendy Brown, of Zone Book’s Near Futures series. He is also a co-founder and president of Cette France-là, Paris, a monitoring group on French immigration policy.

William Callison is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science and the Program in Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. His current research traces twentieth-century developments in social, political, and economic thought in order to interrogate and advance theories of political rationality in the study of neoliberal capitalism.

Milad Odabaei is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology and the Program in Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. His work engages the intersection of religion and politics and explores the dynamics of translation and transmission across historical disjunctures by considering the translation of European social and political thought into Persian in modern Iran.

Aurélie Windels is a French journalist and the coordinator of the collective Cette France-là, a group that has been monitoring French immigration policy since 2007. Her work focuses on the management of people deemed undesirable by European institutions and the governments of EU member-states.

Consulting editor: Wendy Brown

NEAR FUTURES ONLINE, the online companion of Zone Books’ Near Futures series, is a forum dedicated to the analysis of the challenges borne out of national governments’ and international institutions’ responses to some critical events – the financial crisis of 2008, the “Arab Springs” of 2011 – as well as ongoing developments such as climate change and soaring inequalities. Organized around a specific question, each issue of NFO brings together scholars, journalists, political activists, and artists, and includes contributions belonging to different genres and using a variety of media – essays and reportages, interviews and dialogues, photo essays and videos. Contributors are invited to address questions raised by NFO through an engagement with particular debates, histories, policies, and actors as well as to examine their possible trajectories in the near future.

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