Grappling with the Futures - Boston April 29-30, 2018

Conference | Grappling with the Futures | Boston, US | 29-30 April 2018

 

The goal of Grappling with the Future is to bring together philosophers, historians, and science, technology and society (STS) scholars who are deeply engaged with the exploration of the future.

Symposium

From the 29th to 30th April 2018Grappling with the Futures will be held at the Boston University. The symposium will provide insights from Philosophy, History, and Science, Technology and Society, with the goal of bringing together scholars who are engaged in exploration of the future.

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 symposium will begin with 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.

From the 1950s on, American and European philosophers took part in the creation of futures studies. In the US, they relied on their background in logic, philosophy of science, and epistemology; in Europe, they mainly mobilized political and social philosophy, philosophy of action, ontology, and axiology. However, from the ‘80s to the end of the ‘90s, philosophers were less involved with the field.  What are new philosophical issues, theories, concepts, and forms of engagement with futures studies? How are anticipation, forecast, and foresight related?

STS studies have for decades investigated the futures and stressed the performative dimension of assertions about the future in public policy and R&D contexts. How does STS construe the imaginaries at work in futures studies, popular culture, politics, and social movements? What is the potential contribution of the growing field of visual STS to understanding the exploration of the futures as a material, social, and institutional practice?

All of these questions and many more will be discussed at the symposium through both the discipline-specific and intermediary sessions. Speakers will in general have 20 minutes to present their original research at the symposium.

The symposium will be held at the Boston University, and is hosted by Harvard University (Department of the History of Science) & Boston University (Department of Philosophy).

More information for the symposium is available on the Call for Papers Page. For all queries, please email Dr. Saghai at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Il futuro del lavoro - Secondo incontro dei futuristi italiani - Bologna, Area della Ricerca CNR, 16-17 aprile 2018

Il futuro del lavoro

Secondo incontro dei futuristi italiani

Bologna, Area della Ricerca CNR, 16-17 aprile 2018

 

In una fase di grandi cambiamenti tecnologici, sociali, geopolitici l’incertezza e il disorientamento individuali e collettivi tendono ad aumentare. Oggi come non mai è fondamentale imparare a ‘usare’ il futuro per intercettare i grandi trend del periodo e implementare le trasformazioni possibili. Questo richiede coraggio, visione e capacità di sperimentare nuovi percorsi organizzativi e formativi.

Dopo il primo incontro nazionale degli esperti di futures studies (Trento, 7 aprile 2017; vedi il report al link http://goo.gl/MuhwZ7), questo convegno presenta i migliori contributi degli studiosi e dei professionisti italiani che ‘lavorano’ con il futuro.

Oltre al tema ufficiale dell’incontro – il futuro del lavoro (nelle sue diverse dimensioni, dalle tendenze del mercato ai cambiamenti dei processi produttivi al rapporto fra lavoro e identità, lavoro e formazione, ecc.) – altri temi di interesse includono l’anticipazione nelle scienze umane e sociali, la previsione tecnologica, l’anticipazione in letteratura, nelle arti, nel design e nei giochi, lo sviluppo e l’analisi di metodi e esercizi di futuro, l’analisi di trend e lo sviluppo di scenari in ambiti diversi.

Comitato scientifico: Ezio Andreta (CNR), Mario Bolzan (Univ. di Padova), Paolo Jedlowski (Univ. della Calabria), Carmen Leccardi (Univ. Milano Bicocca), Giuliana Mandich (Unic. di Cagliari), Roberto Poli (Univ. di Trento), Roberto Saracco (EIT-Istituto Europeo per l'Innovazione e la Tecnologia, Trento), Fabiana Scapolo (Commissione Europea, Bruxelles)

Comitato organizzatore: Mara Di Berardo (Millennium Project Italia), Roberto Paura (Italian Institute for the Future), Vincenza Pellegrino (Univ. di Parma), Luisa Tondelli (CNR).

I relatori invitati al convegno verranno annunciati in un secondo momento.

 

Per partecipare, inviare un abstract entro il 20 dicembre 2017 compilando il form al link goo.gl/DvoRYA. Iscrizione al convegno: 100€. Per ulteriori informazioni,        mdiberardo[at]This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Scadenze:

  • Presentazione abstract: 20 dicembre 2017
  • Risposta: 31 gennaio 2018
  • Programma conclusivo: 28 febbraio 2018
  • Registrazione: 31 marzo 2018
  • Conferenza: 16-17 aprile 2018

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The 2nd International Conference on Anticipation - London November 8-10, 2017

On the 8th to 10th November 2017 the 2nd International Conference on Anticipation was held at Senate House, School of Advanced Study in Central London. The purpose of the conference was to provide an interdisciplinary meeting ground in which researchers, scholars and practitioners who are seeking to understand anticipation and anticipatory practices could come together to deepen their understanding and create productive new connections.

The overarching aim of the conference and of the emerging field of Anticipation Studies is to create new understandings of how individuals, groups, institutions, systems and cultures use ideas of the future to act in the present. This was the second conference held in this field, and built on the 1st Conference of Anticipation, held in Trento, Italy in 2015 which saw over 350 delegates gather to explore topics ranging from design futures, to anticipatory economics and the philosophy of the present.

For the second conference the organising committee wanted to put into dialogue the empirical, practical and theoretical insights that are emerging in highly diverse fields ranging from biology to psychology, cultural geography to critical theory, physics to design, history to mathematics, urban theory to engineering.

Slides, papers and various media from the conference can be found on the Outputs page.

The next conference will be held in 2019.

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Primo incontro degli esperti italiani di Futures Studies – Call for Participation

Trento, Italia, 7 aprile 2017

In seguito al successo del Primo Congresso Internazionale di Anticipazione, organizzato all’Università di Trento nel novembre 2016, le Cattedre UNESCO di Sistemi Anticipanti, in collaborazione con WAAS-World Academy of Art and Science, e WUC-World University Consortium, stanno organizzando un workshop dal titolo “Anticipation, Agency and Complexity” che si terrà nelle date 6-8 aprile 2017 presso il Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale dell’Università di Trento.

All’interno di questo workshop, i sottoscritti vorrebbero organizzare, nel pomeriggio del 7 aprile 2017, una sessione speciale aperta a tutti coloro che si occupano di futures studies, previsione umana e sociale (docenti e ricercatori, consulenti, ecc.).

L’obiettivo della sessione speciale è contribuire alla costruzione di una rete italiana di studiosi e professionisti di futures studies. La partecipazione è gratuita.

Per segnalare il proprio interesse a partecipare alla sessione degli esperti italiani di futures studies, è possibile compilare il modulo: https://goo.gl/P2Ea7j

Ulteriori informazioni su “Anticipation, Agency and Complexity” al link http://webmagazine.unitn.it/evento/sociologia/11380/anticipation-agency-and-complexity

 

Roberto Poli

Cattedra Unesco
sui sistemi anticipanti

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Roberto Paura

Istituto Italiano per il Futuro

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Mara Di Berardo

Millenium Project

Italian Node

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Workshop on Anticipation, Agency and Complexity

Trento, Italy, April 2017

Research on, and the application of, Anticipation is rapidly growing, with many initiatives under development.

Two forthcoming significant events are the 2nd International Conference on Anticipation (ICAN2) in London, November 2017, and the Workshop on Anticipation, Agency and Complexity in Trento, April 2017.

ICAN2 follows the path of ICAN1 and is the main event for developing our understanding, theorising and inter-disciplinary knowledge of Anticipation.

Whatever your interest in and grasp of anticipation, you are invited to contribute to ICAN2.

The Trento Workshop is specifically focused on the interplay between institutions and policy.

It addresses the problematic issue that systems of governance and bureaucracy are designed or evolving without taking account of either complexity or anticipation. 

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