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Visioneering Sociotechnical Innovations: The Making of Visions

There is hardly any sociotechnical innovation or transformation process which is not influenced by visions of the future. Anticipations in the form of expectations, hopes, concerns and risks arise with new and emerging technologies. Such visions help to construct innovations. But how are visions themselves constructed? How are visions created, circulated, transformed and contested? The historian McCray (2012) recently called the conscious design, promotion and use of visions „visioneering“. Visioneering designates the instrumental creation and use of a vision to pursue its realisation. It is thus a special form of anticipation that aims to build its anticipated objects. Visioneering aims to design futures. Hence, visioneering is more than simply imagining a future, it has to be considered as a socio-epistemic practice that plays a crucial role in sociotechnical innovation processes. It is a practical endeavour that shapes knowledge and social realities. Although science and technology studies and technology assessment increasingly investigate visions and their role for innovation processes, crucial aspects of visioneering remain unexplored. Therefore, the session is dedicated to the scrutiny of different visioneering practices, the elements that characterize them as visioneering and their normative and political implications.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to

  • How can visioneering be conceptualized as a social practice?
  • What motivates visioneers and enables them to pursue their activities?
  • What is the relationship of visioneering and certain institutions such as technosciences, futures studies, technology assessment, political parties, social movements…?
  • How does one need to approach the relationship of power and visioneering? Is designing imaginations a form of power?
  • What are the normative issues visioneering practices raise?


   Martin Sand (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

   Christoph Schneider (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

 Relevant information

   To submit an abstract to this workshop send a mail to Christoph Schneider before June 15, 2015.

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  • Session’s speakers should register and pay the conference fee:
    • Early registration (before 1 September 2015): € 150
    • Late registration (from 1 September 2015): € 200

Important dates

  • Abstract submission: 15 June 2015
  • Final program: 30 June 2015
  • Early registration: Before 1 September 2015
  • Deadline registration: 20 October 2015


 The registration is now open: https://webapps.unitn.it/Apply/en/Web/Home/convegni



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