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Reminder: Politicizing Futures. When conflicting visions meet / EASST Lancaster 25-28 July 2018

Reminder - Call for Abstracts / Deadline 14th February

Dear Colleagues,
We kindly invite you to submit abstracts for our panel at the EASST 2018
conference in Lancaster, UK (25-28 July 2018).

Kinds regards and sorry for crosspostings,
Alexandra Hausstein, Andreas Lsch, Christoph Schneider, Ulrich Ufer

Politicizing Futures. When conflicting visions meet
In this panel, we invite contributions from the broad field of STS, Technology
Assessment and related future studies that discuss power dimensions of spaces
where competing visions meet and concurrent imaginaries of sociotechnical
futures clash.
The future is a contested domain. Diverging visions of sociotechnical futures
claim to give answers to problems posed by societal crises. Such visions seek
to prevent the materialization of dystopias (e.g. climate change) or to
proactively realize utopias (e.g. non-capitalist production) and present their
solutions (e.g. geoengineering, human enhancement, democratized open
fabrication) as the best (or only) possible way to address challenges. Visions
are, therefore, embedded within power relations that shape collective
imaginations and are deeply entangled with commonly shared, historically and
culturally stabilized hegemonies and paradigms. A multiplicity of actors
debate, negotiate and struggle over their diverse and often contradicting
ideas about the future state of things, imaginaries of better futures and how
to implement them. Therefore, visions can be highly contested and cause
debate, conflict and controversy.
This comprises questions like:
Where are the meeting points of competing visions and what happens at these
How do the struggles of dominant or alternative visions take place?
How do visions articulate or veil power, dominance and alterity?
What are the roles and contributions of scientists, politicians,
stakeholders, or even of the professional observers from STS in the meetings
of different visions?
How do visions provide narratives, context and legitimacy for
socio-technological innovation, in short: how do conflicting visions
politicize the future?
Alexandra Hausstein (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology):
Andreas Lsch (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology):
Christoph Schneider (Technical University of Munich):
Ulrich Ufer (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology):

Please submit your abstract of max. 250 words until February 14th, 2018 here:


Karlsruher Institut fr Technologie (KIT)

Institut fr Technikfolgenabschtzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)

PD Dr. Andreas Lsch

Karlstrasse 11, Raum 402
D-76133 Karlsruhe

PF 36 40, 76021 Karlsruhe

Phone: +49-721-608-22505
Fax: +49-721-608-24806
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