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Why a Conference on Anticipation?

Anticipation is increasingly at the heart of urgent contemporary debates, from climate change to economic crisis. As societies are less confident that tradition will provide an effective guide to the future, anticipatory practices are coming to the foreground of political, organizational and personal life. Research into anticipation, however, has not kept pace with social demand for insights into these practices, their risks and their uses. Where research does exist, it is deeply fragmented.

This conference’s main aim is therefore to serve as a point of encounter and exchange among scholars form different disciplines, helping them to develop a fuller understanding of the centrality of anticipation to human behaviour. As a medium to long-term consequence, a research base may be developed capable of assessing and enhancing the potential of anticipatory practices for individuals, organisations and society.

This is is an urgent task because understanding diverse anticipatory assumptions can enhance mutual understanding and cooperation among stakeholders; while critical reflection upon anticipatory practices can enhance insights into potential side-effects of policies and actions, decreasing the time to the citizens of policy actions, and making more effective the overall policy production process.

A better and more complete understanding of anticipation and its effects will improve theories and models of individual and collective human behaviour and its consequences. The arising benefits will thus assist those who are explicitly seeking to understand and design ‘the prepared society’, to make more effective and sustainable use of technologies, to create more inclusive democracies and to explore the boundaries of human endeavours. Such benefits are consistent with the strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive society. Further, the ability to anticipate in complex (self-generating, unpredictable) environments greatly improves the resilience of societies facing threats from a global proliferation of institutions, agents and forces, by articulating insecurities through anticipatory processes.

At the page  first-international-conference-on-anticipation from the right side you can find links for the registration, a list of accommodations, and instructions about how to reach Trento.






Project Anticipation

Department of Sociology and Social Research

26, Verdi Street, 38122 Trento (TN) Italy


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