Call for Participation 2019

** The Call for Participation is now closed**

Key Dates 

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All speakers are required to register by 20 June 2019 (any presenters not registered by this date will be withdrawn from the programme)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


Further Details

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?


Design by anticipation?


Time in shaping anticipatory practices?


The future as an anticipatory network?


Performative anticipation?


How does anticipatory learning happen?


Feeling the future?


Shaping critical cultures of anticipation?


Means and methods for making the future 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.


Curated Sessions

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.


Techniques Workshops

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.


Dialogue Sessions

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.