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Grappling with the Futures 2018 - 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.


From the 29th to 30th April 2018Grappling with the Future 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.


FTA International Conference – Future in the Making | Brussels, Belgium | 4-5 June 2018

Future in the Making takes place to explore how to bridge the future with the present through the opportunity to debate insights, from a selection of future-oriented research. 

From the 4th to 5th June 2018, the next edition of the FTA International Conference, Future in the Making will take place to explore how to bridge the future with the present. The conference will take place in Brussels at The Square, and is organized by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

In a time when policymaking is going through a paradigm shift, a stronger emphasis is placed on the ability and flexibility of future-oriented methods to respond to new needs. The conference will foster conversations on how to combine forward-looking approaches with elements of complementary disciplines, i.e. design for policy, behavioral insights and science and technology studies – to improve its strategic relevance for policymaking.

FTA2018 will be an opportunity to debate insights from a selection of recent future-oriented research around several policy themes, to exchange on methods, to get hands-on experience of tools and to network with practitioners, academics and policymakers.

A call for contribution will be launched early 2018 and registration will open early spring.

More information and updates will be posted here.


Yeditepe International Research Conference on Foresight and Futures İstanbul, June 27 - 29, 2018

YIRCoF ’18 - "Celebrating FUTURES at 50" Yeditepe International Research Conference on Foresight and Futures

İstanbul, June 27 - 29, 2018 - Titanic Port Bakırköy

"Anticipation: Conceptual, Theoretical and Empirical Issues"

Call for Papers and Participation 

We invite academic researchers, company managers and public policy makers to participate in and contribute to this conference to discuss the following questions:

  1. What is the role of anticipation in strategic planning?
  2. How can companies understand and manage complexity, chaos, and change by using futures studies?
  3. How does the quality of anticipation increase? Does the quality of anticipations increase when the accuracy of knowledge we gather and methods we use increase? That is, does knowledge affect imagination? How can knowledge management be better integrated with futures research?
  4. What is the role of anticipation and insights on critical issues and trends, drivers of change, wild cards, discontinuities, and weak signals in decision making activity such as investment decisions of the companies?
  5. How can we determine the anticipations of companies from geo-political, energy, technological, economical, and social perspectives to build futures scenarios?
  6. How does anticipation in communication issues affect new product development, marketing strategies, decisions regarding change of organizational form, strategy and vision, organizational success or failure, different thinking styles and proactive behavior?
  7. How is it possible to improve our ability of anticipation? How can we anticipate successfully (from anticipation to invention)? How can we provide a better link between futures studies and R&D efforts of organizations?
  8. Do we anticipate others’ actions? What factors affect our anticipations of events and others' actions?
  9. What is the effect of learning on anticipation?
  10. What kind of new research techniques might be used for studying anticipation?  

Invited Speakers

Ted Fuller Editor-in-Chief, FUTURES

Roberto Poli UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems University of Trento, Italy


15 April 2018: Extended Abstract Submission

30 April 2018: Notification of Manuscript Acceptance

Send your abstract to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: http://marc.yeditepe.edu.tr/yircof18.htm



Blanquerna 2018 Futures Summer School

The first edition of the Blanquerna Futures Summer School (BFSS) seeks to provide a critical viewpoint of the state of the art in futures studies. Offering a wide perspective of the more interesting and promising developments on the field, by some of its original and main promoters, the course will deliver a wide perspective of Futures. The course will combine different formats (class, small seminar, workshop and polylogues) to offer students distinct learning experiences that match its theoretical and methodological diversity.

The BFSS will be held from the 29th of June to the 7th of July 2018 at the Blanquerna School of Communication and International Relations (Universitat Ramon Llull) in Barcelona.


Roberto Poli. Professor on social foresight and philosophy of science at Trento University. He has been awarded the first UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems. He is also editor-in-chief of Axiomathes, editor of the series Categories, and Anticipation Science

More info on: https://www.blanquerna.edu/en/fcc/masters-and-postgraduate-studies/summer-university/the-futures-of-the-future



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