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Keynotes Lectures


o   Cynthia Selin, Tempting futures (STS)

o   Naomi Oreskes, Grappling with the future: What use is fiction? (HIST)

o   Roberto Poli, “Experimentum mundi” (PHIL)


Session 1: Plausible Futures (PHILOSOPHY)


o   Nele Fischer and Sascha Dannenberg, Troping futures. Applying philosophy of language to examine the prefiguration of continuity and disruption

o   Yashar Saghai, How do we get from now to then? On the merits and limits of explanatory pluralism in future scenarios

o   Eric Kemp-Benedict, A critical realist approach to scenario modeling practice


Session 2: Global Histories of Futures Studies (HISTORY)


o   Elke Seefried, Cold War futures? Political epistemologies and flows of knowledge in transnational futures studies, 1950-1990

o   Joanna Radin, How Cold War anthropology tried (and failed) to decolonize ‘Third World’ futures

o   Jenny Andersson, Futures as global expertise


Session 3: Anticipation and Visioning (INTERDISCIPLINARY)


o   Liliana Albertazzi, Anticipation by magnifying glass

o   Luciano d’Andrea, Anticipatory process and social research: going beyond a prescriptive and policy-oriented view of anticipation

o   Dirk Hommrich and Paulina Dobroc, Distorting mirrors of the present: Future visions as socio-epistemic practices



Session 4: Health and Futures Studies (STS)


o   Robin Wolfe Scheffler, Managing the future: Planning cancer virus research at the National Cancer Institute

o   Karen Dam Nielsen and Mariane Boenink, Critical reflections on “futuring” in responsible research and innovation: the case of Alzheimer’s research

o   Ari Schick, Understanding the past and rethinking the future of anticipatory bioethics


Session 5: Counterfactuals in History and Futures Studies (HISTORY)


o   Quentin Deluermoz and Pierre Singaravélou, Counterfactuals: Historian's approaches

o   Mariana Todorova, Counterfacts as cliché breakers and seeds of the future

o   David Staley, The future as a domain of historical inquiry


Session 6: Norms in Futures Studies (PHILOSOPHY)


o   Erduana Shala, Values in futures research - which ones should we accept?

o   Henk van den Belt, The anticipatory stance in Futures Studies and Responsible Innovation: Can we really get ahead of ourselves?

o   Johann Jakob Häußermann, Florian Schütz, Marie-Lena Heidingsfelder and Martina Schraudner, Who shapes our future? – On the normative status of citizen engagement in research and innovation


Session 7: Education and Futures Studies (STS)


o   Sandra Kemp, ‘Powerfully seductive forms of mass public entertainment and education’: Narratives of the future at scientific soirées

o   Keri Facer, University futures before futures studies

o   Stephen Wilson, Transpersonal futures: Artisthood in posthumous digital-life limiting conditions


Session 8: History, Imaginaries and the Future (HISTORY)


o   Sophia Roosth, The genesis of life in the Valley of Death

o   William Deringer, The “social rate of discount” and the techno-politics of the future in postwar America

o   Emanuelle Burton and Alec Nevala-Lee, Fictional futures: The past, present and future of future studies and science fiction




Session 9: Foresight in Practice (STS)


o   Marjolein van Asselt, Susan van ‘t Klooster and Tessa Cramer, Foresight in action, professionals and their practices

o   Sumin Myung, Is the world for the future forest? Forest sciences, long-term planning, and nested futures in South Korea

o   Patrick van der Duin and Dhoya Snijders, How the Dutch shape their future: governmental think tanks and advisory think tanks at work in an increasingly uncertain world


Session 10: Technology, Philosophy and Futures Studies (PHILOSOPHY)


o   Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft, Fabrication and philosophy in critical futures work

o   Cor van der Weele, How do paths into the future emerge? The case of cultured meat

o   Wenceslao J. Gonzalez, The future of the internet: Prediction and prescription of applied Sciences in the context of complexity


Session 11: Histories of Futures Studies and the Corporate Sector (HISTORY)


o   Thomas J. Chermack, Pierre Wack's contributions to scenario planning: Past, present and future

o   Erik Baker, Privatizing the future: Neo-optimism, philanthrocapitalism, and the end of history

o   Bretton Fosbrook, Conjuring corporate environments: Entanglements and translations in the methods of scenario planning in the 1960s and 1970s


Session 12: Infrastructure for the Future (INTERDISCIPLINARY)

o   Susan Erikson, The “Ebola Bond” and the financialization of humanitarian aid

o   Mark Swilling, Edgar Pieterse and Maarten Hajer, Futuring, experimentation and transformative urban politics

o   Gregg Macey, Environmental legal futurism

o   Tanja Schneider, Enacting food futures: Sociotechnical imaginaries in food tech entrepreneurs’ TED talks


Guest of Honor

o   Riel Miller, Transforming the future: Anticipation in the 21st century