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We are excited to announce that the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory is hosting the 4th International Conference on Anticipation November 16th-18th 2022 at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. See our Call for Participation and Submit your Ideas by February 15, 2022. More registration and program details to follow soon.

The overarching aim of the conference and of the interdisciplinary field of Anticipation Studies is to create new understandings of how individuals, groups, institutions, systems, and cultures use ideas of the future to act in the present. This Conference builds on prior conferences in Trento, Italy (2015, led by Roberto Poli), London, England (2017, led by Keri Facer) and Oslo, Norway (2019, led by Andrew Morrison).

Living with intractable and ineradicable uncertainty leads humans to read the tea leaves, consult the oracle, and tell imaginative stories. Increasingly, we tend to reach for forecasting, statistical analysis and data-driven scenarios, oftentimes narrowing the production of particular types of futures. The Anticipation Conference in 2022 is devoted to opening up the study of anticipation to new voices, new spaces and new approaches.

This fourth conference will emphasize questions of justice in 7 thematic areas: Public Futures, Politics, Justice and Ethics of Anticipation, Decolonizing Anticipation, Critical Anticipatory Capacities, Creativity, Innovation and New Media, Time & Temporalities, and ‘Also You!’.

The conference will be held at Arizona State University, at the College of Global Futures, located in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. The area offers a wide range of accommodation options, from budget to five star facilities and is easily accessible from Phoenix’s Sky Harbor airport.

Conference Partners

Anticipation 2022 appreciates the support of our local partners.

Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory

The emergence of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory™ at Arizona State University is rooted in the conviction that we can and must make a meaningful contribution to ensuring a habitable planet and a future in which well-being is attainable for all humankind. This laboratory draws on ASU’s deep commitment to use-inspired research, our ongoing work in sustainability and service to the global community in which we live.

School for the Future of Innovation in Society 

The School for the Future of Innovation in Society is a transdisciplinary unit at the vanguard of ASU’s commitment to linking innovation to public value. We are pursuing a vision of responsible innovation that anticipates challenges and opportunities, integrates diverse knowledge and perspectives, and engages broad audiences. By examining the ways we translate imagination into innovation — and how we blend technical and social concerns along the way — we learn to build a future for everyone.

Center for Science and the Imagination 

Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination brings writers, artists and other creative thinkers into collaboration with scientists, engineers and technologists to reignite humanity’s grand ambitions for innovation and discovery. The center serves as a network hub for audacious moonshot ideas and a cultural engine for thoughtful optimism. We provide a space for productive collaboration between the humanities and the sciences, bring human narratives to scientific questions, and explore the full social implications of cutting-edge research.

The Design School

The Design School is the largest and the most comprehensive design school in the nation. Our diverse programs are in the top 20 in the country and teach students to master their design disciplines. Students learn the art of collaboration and how to work across disciplines.  The school’s innovative spirit drives new ideas and solves problems through partnerships with industry, communities and other academic units.

The Center for the Study of Futures

The Center for the Study of Futures offers futures research, experimental practice, and innovative foresight training for diverse audiences. The Center for the Study of Futures at Arizona State University builds a cross-disciplinary capacity to imagine a rich variety of plausible futures, reflect on what those futures demand from us, and design pathways toward positive outcomes. By investigating and inventing new theories and methods for creating better futures, the Center aims to nurture and amplify future-oriented scholarship and practice.

Leonardo

Leonardo drives innovation at the intersection of arts, sciences, and technology. As an enterprising think tank and knowledge enterprise of Arizona State University, Leonardo integrates hybrid, creative inquiry and practice as catalysts to solve compelling problems, explore timeless mysteries, and shape a finer future.

Organizing Committee

Local Organizing Committee is composed of:

Cynthia Selin

Cynthia Selin is an Associate Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, USA. She investigates and invents methodologies for making sense of change and explores theoretical questions about anticipation. By creating new transdisciplinary methods, concepts and platforms for confronting uncertainties, Dr. Selin’s work – as a social scientist and scenario practitioner— stimulates improved strategic and imaginative capacities. She is also an Associate Fellow at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and teaches in the Oxford Scenarios Programme.

Lauren Keeler

Lauren Withycombe Keeler is an Assistant Professor, foresight practitioner, and futures scholar in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University. In her research, she studies how different communities and groups understand and make sense of the future. She creates and utilizes futures methods to anticipate the future impacts of emerging technologies, policies and other interventions on organizations, communities and cities. Her work focuses on building capacity among individuals and groups to think about the future in ways that yield more inclusive and sustainable futures, and developing strategies to make those futures a reality.

Malka Older

Malka Older is a writer, aid worker, and sociologist. Her science-fiction political thriller Infomocracy was named one of the best books of 2016 by Kirkus, Book Riot, and the Washington Post. She is the creator of the serial Ninth Step Murders, currently running on Realm, and her acclaimed short story collection And Other Disasters came out in November 2019. She is a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society and her opinions can be found in The New York Times, The Nation, and Foreign Policy, among other places.

Ruth Wylie

Ruth Wylie is the Assistant Director of the Center for Science and the Imagination and an associate research professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Ruth uses her training in computer science, cognitive science, and education to do transdisciplinary, translational research to answer real-world problems. Her previous research projects have been on , improving science self-efficacy for young people, creating educational technology to support teachers and students, and developing methodologies to support collaborative imagination.

Alexandrina Agloro

Alexandrina Agloro is an ancestral technologist whose work spans the intersection of media art, community-based research, and birthwork. She is an Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Innovation in the Borderlands at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and a Senior Global Futures Scientist at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University. Dr. Agloro’s work lingers on how decolonization is deeper than a set of values, and anticipates how land, water, body, and internet sovereignty can move us from the imaginary into collective action. She is a Director of Situated Critical Race and Media (SCRAM), a multiverse collaborative feminist technology organization, and is the Futurist for the Latinx Pacific Archive.

Elma Hajric

Elma Hajric is a researcher in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology PhD program at the School for the Future of Innovation. Her work focuses on data governance of emerging technologies, centering surveillance and privacy, alongside ‘smart city’ sociotechnical imaginaries. She is also a National Science Foundation Fellow in the National Research Traineeship on Citizen-Centered Smart Cities and Smart Living, and a member of the Science, Policy, Engineering Collective in the Institute for the Future of Innovation at Arizona State University.

Steering Committee

Keri Facer, University of Bristol
Andrew David Morrison, Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Ted Fuller, University of Lincoln
Roberto Poli, University of Trento

Scientific Committee

Andrew Morrison, Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Annalee Newitz, Freelance journalist, Writer
Ângela Guimarães Pereira, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
Armin Grunwald, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis
Chris Groves, Cardiff University
Craig Calhoun, Arizona State University
David Guston, Arizona State University
Denisa Kera, University of Malta
Ed Finn, Arizona State University
Emily Spiers, Lancaster University
Erica Bol,  European Commission
Genevieve Lively, University of Bristol
George Wright, University of Strathclyde Glasgow
Jathan Sadowski, Monash University
Jeroen van der Sluijs, University of Bergen
Johan Siebers, University of Middlesex
Keri Facer, University of Bristol
Laura Forlano, Illinois Institute of Technology Institute of Design
Lauren Keeler, Arizona State University
Manuela Celi, Latin American Network Politecnico di Milano
Marta Berbes, University of Waterloo
Mauricio Mejía, Arizona State University
Michael Bennett, Discovery Partners Institute
Per Dannemand Andersen, Technical University of Denmark
Rafael Ramirez, University of Oxford, Saïd Business School
Roberto Poli, UNESCO, University of Trento
Ron Kassimir, Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
Stuart Candy, Carnegie Mellon School of Design
Susan Halford, University of Bristol
Tanja Hichert, Hichert & Associates
Ted Fuller, University of Lincoln
Tom Chermack, Colorado State University
Yoshi Saijo, Kochi University of Technology