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. Save the date! 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 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 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

Lauren Keeler

Ruth Wylie

Malka Older

Elma Hajric