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Message posted on 13/01/2020

[CfA EASST/4S Prague] [CfA EASST/4S Prague - Open Panel] Performative Futures: Fighting Reification Inertias through Open Anticipations

                Dear list members, 
<br>Apologies for cross-posting.
<br>We are pleased to invite you to submit a paper proposal to our Open  
<br>Panel “Performative Futures: Fighting Reification Inertias through  
<br>Open Anticipations” to be held in the EASST/4S conference[1] (Prague,  
<br>August 18th-21st 2020).  More information is included below.  Please  
<br>feel free to circulate this call to anyone who might be interested and  
<br>do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or doubts.  
<br>Best regards,
<br>Sergio Urueña, Hannot Rodríguez & Andoni Ibarra
<br>Science and technology practices are crucially shaped by  
<br>representations of “the future”. Expectations, socio-technical  
<br>imaginaries and techno-visions are constitutive elements in the de  
<br>facto epistemic-political governance of research and innovation. Some  
<br>scholars (e.g., van Lente, 2006; Jasanoff and Kim, 2015; Konrad and  
<br>Palavicino, 2017; Lösch, 2017) as well as certain research policy  
<br>frameworks (e.g., technology assessment, anticipatory governance, RRI)  
<br>have emphasized this performative character of futures by approaching  
<br>it as an object of responsibility. This intellectual endeavor has been  
<br>especially fruitful in relation to the visualization and critique of  
<br>existing reification inertias. That is to say, the frames,  
<br>regulations, commitments, feelings and so on, orienting and  
<br>constraining (i.e., reifying, or closing-down) the processes, outcomes  
<br>and ends of research and innovation practices.
<br>This panel aims to explore the theoretical and practical possibilities  
<br>of developing interventive anticipatory resources capable of  
<br>instrumentalizing “the future” in more open, inclusive and reflexive  
<br>   *
<br>    To what extent are anticipatory narratives and practices within  
<br>research and innovation policy systems open, inclusive and reflexive?
<br>   *
<br>    What constraining/enabling roles do socio-technical expectations,  
<br>imaginaries and techno-visions of “the future” play in research and  
<br>innovation practices?
<br>   *
<br>    What potentials and limits do anticipatory methods (e.g.,  
<br>scenario-building, science-fiction prototyping, technology  
<br>roadmapping, etc.) display with regard to reflexivity and de-reifying  
<br>   *
<br>    How is/should the epistemic-political quality of open anticipatory  
<br>practices be enacted and/or assessed?
<br>   *
<br>    What role and relevance does anticipatory governance display in  
<br>relation to more recent policy frameworks such as RRI and “Open  
<br>The panel is open to all disciplines, approaches and methods. We  
<br>welcome researchers, practitioners and students.
<br>If you are interested in participating in our Open Panel, please  
<br>submit your proposal for an oral presentation (max. 250 words  
<br>abstract, including the paper’s main arguments, methods and  
<br>contribution) by logging into the Programme website  
<br>( with your 4S  
<br>credentials, selecting “Papers for Open Panels” and clicking in the  
<br>Open Panel No. 132.
<br>_Deadline_: FEBRUARY 29TH, 2020.
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