** The Call for Participation is now closed**
Dates are subject to adjustment.
Abstract Submission Deadline – 15 February 2019
Notification of Acceptance – 30 April 2019
Early Bird Registration Opens – 15 May 2019
Upload of Final Abstracts from Speakers – 30 May 2019
All speakers are required to register by 20 June 2019 (any presenters not registered by this date will be withdrawn from the programme)
Early Bird Registration Closes, General Admission Opens – 1 July 2019
Final Programme Published – 30 August 2019
The Conference is arranged around a set of broad themes and underlying questions. These are offered to help build interdisciplinary engagement, content, and dialogue.
The Call for Participation invites you to interpret these questions as part of unpacking and positioning imagination, experience and understanding of anticipation and anticipatory practices.
The Conference works as a venue for sharing and shaping Anticipation from a diversity of views: with and betweeen disciplines, expertise and practices. We ask participants to engage through their own fields and to find and meet those of others.
The formats provided also offer openings for emerging and challenging ideas and ways to communicate them creatively and critically.
We invite you to propose a contribution to the conference that will speak to the following questions.
How to care for the future?
- How is future in jeopardy and what acts of care might we make to anticipate it?
- What choices and contradictions might we need to face to develop cultures of anticipatory care?
- What radical changes and innovations are needed to embody and enact ‘care-full’ futures today?
- Where are the potentials and vulnerabilities in working with care and anticipation?
- How can collaborative work for the future be realized in anticipatory actions in the present?
- Where do we need to place our design and analytical efforts to best ensure anticipatory care?
Design by anticipation?
- How are we to conceptualize and realize ‘design by anticipation’?
- Design as future making, design as shaping futures.
- ‘Design’ and the creative industries for sustainable commercial and communal futures.
- Lifting expertise and knowledge from design into Anticipation Studies?
- Relations between prospects, interventions, collaborations.
- Working with multiple stakeholders.
- Tackling shared, overlapping and competing needs.
- Making and critique through design.
- Systemic views and strategic futures.
- What are anticipatory takes on interaction, service and product design?
- Issues and experiences in moving from top down structures and planning to pluralist processes and reflexive, ‘progressive’ review?
Time in shaping anticipatory practices?
- What conceptions of working with time do we bring to Anticipation Studies?
- Reaching beyond limitations of today.
- Untangling the’ future present’.
- Time-space relations.
- Are we prepared now to work with tomorrow’s needs and challenges?
- Tensions between short and long term approaches to the future?
- Where in time do we place our anticipatory practices?
- Working productively with the time we have to effect anticipatory tomorrows.
- What links are there between understandings of time and disciplinary approaches?
The future as an anticipatory network?
- How to conceptualize anticipation as a network?
- What world views, principles and practices are at hand and might be selectively recombined?
- Why an anticipatory approach to networking for futures matters.
- Working with different expertise to meet challenges of contingency and indeterminacy.
- What work is underway and what could be done to work with agile, flexible and adaptive approaches to anticipatory networking?
- How do risk and interdependencies influence one another?
- Which anticipatory networks make connections?
- Linking political economy, financial services, governance and distributed policy making.
- What does it mean to enact anticipation?
- How may we understood deliberative and conjectural performative moves to make futures?
- Plausible and projected?
- How does a performative anticipation helps us evade constraints of the given today?
- Stretching practices with co-creative enactments.
- Proposals, instances, rehearsals, cases and reviews in anticipatory projects and practices.
- How can we involve participation in making and shaping anticipation?
- Emergence in technical and interactional systems?
- Pushing forward active understanding of relationships between governance, service, participation and policy.
How does anticipatory learning happen?
- How are we to better learn today for sustainable tomorrows?
- What’s the civic when its connected to learning that’s future facing?
- Who is learning with and from whom?
- Whose learning and for whom?
- Aspirations and co-creation in anticipatory learning?
- What lessons should we not repeat and how so?
- Age in learning the future.
- Why connect designing, learning and experience in anticipatory learning?
- Learning with informal, provocative, hacking, and unexpected practices.
- There’s no future without futures literacies.
- How urgent is learning for futures in the context of climate change?
Feeling the future?
- What place is there for affect, persuasion and aesthetics?
- What is it to attune to anticipation?
- Senses of futures, sense and anticipation.
- What constitutes aesthetic anticipation?
- From prognosis to the experiential in anticipatory practices.
- How are we to make sense of utopian and dissonant sense of the future?
- Deliberation, divination, desire.
- What place for motivation?
- Facts and belonging in challenging scenarios of change.
- How may conceptualization and visions of the future speak to us creatively through narrative, ‘design’, craft and art?
Shaping critical cultures of anticipation?
- What more may be fashioned through our creative and critical ingenuity and innovation to meet current and future demands and needs?
- Thinking between making and analyzing in Anticipation Studies.
- Cultures, frames and concepts for critiquing anticipatory practices.
- Critique through making, critique on making futures.
- How and where does Anticipation Studies alter disciplinary content and approaches?
- The role of the uncomfortable, ill-formed and experimental in building a critical culture of anticipation.
- What are acts of thinking through and thinking from practices of planning and decision making and imagined and far off futures?
- Culture, technology and non-determinism in a context of automation, digital fabrication and globalization?
Means and methods for making the future accessible?
- How may future oriented means and methods be taken up and reshaped, by in and through design, and engaged action?
- Making attractive, alluring and challenging futures.
- Using methods to support generative activity.
- Radical briefs, proposals and examples.
- Mash-ups and mixed methods for making prospective worlds.
- Persons, narrative, scenarios and subjunctive modes of shaping alternate futures.
- From law and policy to communities and corporations.
- Working with people to design and position accessible strategies and means for facing futures.
- What best case examples can we use to make anticipatory design, use and review more accessible?
Contributors will have 15 minutes for a presentation of the main points of the argument and will present alongside other papers organised into similar themes. Four papers will be discussed collectively in a chaired conversation. Papers can be submitted on any topic relating to Anticipation, although priority will be given to those attending to the questions above. Proposals should be in the region of but no more than 1000 words and should include: an abstract outlining the substantive issues to be explored in the session, a discussion of how the paper relates to the existing research, literature and/or practice in the field, as well as a summary of the research, scholarship or practice upon which the session is based.
These sessions of 90 minutes are intended to generate interdisciplinary discussion. A proposed session must address one (or more) of the questions outlined above and it should actively involve a number of different disciplines (not single issues). The session must be curated by one lead person and is to include at least 4 registered speakers. We are keen to encourage more diverse styles in this format. They might include, for example, a participatory workshop that invites embodied exploration of different concepts or practices of anticipation; a traditional symposium of four papers and a discussant; a set of multiple inputs of different forms, designed to elicit conversation and reflection; a guided walk with place based interventions. The choice of format lies with the session curator. Proposals should be in the region of but no more than 1000 words and should include: a named curator; an abstract outlining the substantive issues to be explored in the session and how these relate to the conference questions, a summary of the format being proposed (as well as any specific technical/space requirements where necessary), a (short) summary of the contribution of the curator and their contact details; and any underlying research, scholarship or practice upon which the session is based.
New Ideas Sessions
Do be encouraged to make contributions that centre on work in progress that concerns emerging issues and inquiries that are in their early stage of development, such as in a PhD. Participants will have 7 minutes to share their ideas. The session will be convened by member of the conference committee who will chair the discussion and facilitate an exploratory conversation. Proposals should be in the region of but no more than no more than 500 words and should include: an abstract outlining the emerging ideas to be discussed; and how these ideas relate to the current state of the field.
These sessions are designed to enable practitioners and researchers to test out or share more established techniques they are using to study or reflect upon anticipation. They should include no fewer than 3 registered presenters. The session might introduce participants to processes that are designed to increase sensitivity to anticipatory assumptions, or methods for researching anticipatory practice. Participants will have 90 minutes for the workshop and conference delegates will be required to sign up in advance up to a maximum of 20 places. Proposals should be in the region of but no more than 1000 words and provide details of the processes and format of the session, the experience of the presenters and their previous use of these processes, as well as detailing any technical or space requirements.
The conference will also host a number of open space, dialogue and debate sessions. These are included to allow new themes, topics and ideas to be identified and explored. If you are keen to run one of these, please contact a member of the Organizing Committee in the first instance.
Participants registered for all of the above formats will be given a formal certificate of attendance and contribution at the conference.
Early registration: (before 1 August 2019) € 350
Late registration: (from 1 August 2019) € 400
(All registration includes Conference Opening, Lunches/Refreshments, Conference Dinner. Registration is a one fee for all types of participant)
NOTE: Registration & Payment will open in November 2018.
A number of bursaries will be offered to ensure participation from the Global South for people working with anticipatory research and practices (especially PhDs) who may not have access to research travel grants or institutional support. Full abstracts are still needed. (Bursaries will cover travel, accommodation and registration). These will be awarded on the merit of the submissions.