Grappling with the Futures:

Insights from

Philosophy, History, and Science, Technology and Society

Futures studies, which emerged as a new field after WWII, offer a variety of methods for predicting, forecasting, anticipating, controlling, imagining, and shaping multiple futures. Those methods include trend extrapolation, predictive modeling, scenario-planning, Delphi, and Wild Cards, to name a few. The goal of this symposium is to bring together philosophers, historians, and science, technology and society (STS) scholars who are deeply engaged with the exploration of the futures. We will begin an interdisciplinary dialogue that interrogates the goals, concepts, and methods of futures studies and probes informal futures-oriented thinking that is ubiquitous in social thought and practice. 

Keynote Speakers

Naomi Oreskes (Harvard University)

Roberto Poli (University of Trento)

Cynthia Selin (Arizona State University and University of Oxford)


Yashar Saghai (Johns Hopkins University and The Millennium Project)

Roberto Poli (University of Trento)

Peter Galison (Harvard University)

Russell Powell (Boston University)

Symposium Committee


Tian Cao (Boston University)

Jerry Glenn (The Millennium Project: Global Futures Research and Studies)

Ted Gordon (The Millennium Project: Global Futures Research and Studies)

Axel Gosseries (Université Catholique de Louvain)

Jeremy Greene (Johns Hopkins University)

Sirkka Heinonen (University of Turku, Finland)

Stefan Helmreich (MIT)

Evan Hepler-Smith (Harvard University)

Sophia Roosth (Harvard University)

Elke Seefried (Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Munich)