Routledge Earthscan are working with the Second International Conference on Anticipation studies to commission new edited collections, research monographs and student-friendly works in the interdisciplinary field of Anticipation Studies. Participants in the conference are invited to discuss publishing projects arising from their papers and curated sessions with Rebecca Brennan (Senior Commissioning Editor) at Rebecca.Brennan@tandf.co.uk
Futures Journal is the leading journal in the field of Futures Studies, celebrating its 50th year in publication in 2018.
In collaboration with the Scientific Committee of the 2nd International Conference on Anticipation the journal will publish one or more volumes of a special issue arising from contributions to the conference in November 2017.
The precise topics of the special issue will be grounded in and developed from the contributions to knowledge and understanding made by the conference. However, these will follow the broad themes of the conference, which reflect the significance of humankind’s relationships with its futures through Multiplicities of Anticipation
- How do we understand anticipatory differences?
- What are the affective and embodied aspects of Anticipation?
- How do we live in time?
- How does the future get made?
- Who owns and governs the future?
- How to keep the future open?
- What is the relationship between an idea of the future and action in the present?
Proposals or Abstracts for the conference of around, but no more than, 1,000 words are invited by 27th January 2017.
Details can be found here:
Further details of the special issues will be provided later in the year once the range of contributions is known. Authors will be invited to submit to their papers to the special issue(s) of Futures Journal. Submission will be after the conference. All submitted papers will be double blind reviewed as per the journal’s policy. Publication will be in 2018.
Date: 13 September 2016
Tromsø. Inside the arctic circle. In a city of some 80 000 inhabitants, one of the word’s leading universities on matters arctic, and here to teach a new crew of international master’s students in landscape architecture. its a design domain, and a transdisciplinary one too. we talk about expectation, aspirations and futures. about how one might become familiar with arctic territories and terrain, about how to convey and communicate them to others no there, the mesh of knowledge needed to work on arctic futures and landscapes that are cultural, biological, geomorphic, where international politics is played out and technologies bristle in the chilly skies.
Climate change. Changing climates of perception and practice as its now undeniable that our past human foibles of extraction and consumption influence today’s biosphere and our lived world.
They sit, full of promise, an arc of new master’s student around a stylish circular table. Anticipation… We’ve not met each other before but I am here to teach about writing, about researching a future arctic. I find I am talking about writing design fiction…
I’m also here to meet their course leader Kjerstin and advise on her doctoral thesis. She’s the arctic expert in my mind and generous too with what she knows and learns, alwyas more than you might expect, a leading local architect and a phenomenally wide reader. Writing and reading the past. We wander and talk, sit and sketch her chapter sequences and then she pulls out a text she drew up a few weeks ago as place holder for her thesis to be. It begins: ‘ Both physically and discursively the arctic is thawing…’.
We sit still and wait a while.
What sort of thesis and what modes of writing might we anticipate? We discuss how she needs to mix theory and contexts, the ballooning research on arctic landscapes and her own very situated and detailed knowledge such a working with reindeer herders. Which arctic, whose anticipations.
Anticipation 2015 was a fantastic event, the first gathering in Trento, Italy, of academics and practitioners from a whole range of disciplines interested in exploring how societies, systems, individuals and groups use ideas of the future in the present. There were wonderful conversations – I recall some long late night discussions between a classicist, archaeologist, futurist and a designer. This second conference, in 2017 will build on the intellectual energy and enthusiasm of this first event with, we hope, more structured opportunities for conversations across disciplines and real opportunities to present and explore ideas in non-conventional formats. We also have a wonderful scientific committee this year who will be bringing their world-leading expertise and international perspectives to bear on the shape and design of the conference – its very exciting to see such diverse sets of expertise and insight coming to bear on the same issue. I’m particularly looking forward to seeing how the curated sessions – the sessions organised across disciplines and around key themes – develop. All in all, I’m sure we will be able to build on the wonderful conversations of the last event and start to really make some progress towards deep, exciting and rich interdisciplinary collaborations.