Welcome to Postnormal Times Malaysia
A Virtual Workshop
Programme organized by IIIT East and Southeast Asia, Centre for Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies (CPPFS) and Futures Malaysia
20th January to 23rd January 2022
What just happened? It is a question we have asked before and one that more and more are asking at a steadily increasing regularity. It is a question that has permeated and lingered within the zeitgeist, especially in light of the ongoing pandemic. We are propelled to ask this question by the collective feeling that ‘little out there can be trusted or gives us confidence’. Ours is an age ‘characterised by uncertainty, rapid change, realignment of power, upheaval and chaotic behaviour. We live in an in-between period where old orthodoxies are dying, new ones have yet to be born, and very few things seem to make sense.’ From the man v. nature bewilderment, ineptitudes, and tragedy that has accompanied the flood wrought Monsoon season that ended 2021 to the political crises and trauma of the Covid-19 pandemic that have defined 2020-2021, Malaysia is no stranger to the postnormal times Ziauddin Sardar spoke of in the quotes above. And a decade since his penning ‘Welcome to Postnormal Times’ an opportunity for agency and empowerment still holds ready to navigate us out of these dark days.
In this virtual workshop, the Centre for Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies (CPPFS) will partner with the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) to bring together past alumni from our first two virtual workshops on futures studies so that we can take the next step in exploring postnormal times. Participants will learn about the intricacies that punctuate and characterise postnormal times so that they may build on their understanding of futures studies to help make sense of our unstable, transitional age. It is our hope that through this introduction the participants will be able to build upon their understanding of futures studies, be equipped to research further into the theory and methodologies of postnormal times, and be able to seek higher understanding and agency over our increasingly desperate situations so that we may build from them into increasingly preferred futures.