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

Dear list members, 

Apologies for cross-posting.

We are pleased to invite you to submit a paper proposal to our Open

Panel “Performative Futures: Fighting Reification Inertias through

Open Anticipations” to be held in the EASST/4S conference[1] (Prague,

August 18th-21st 2020).  More information is included below.  Please

feel free to circulate this call to anyone who might be interested and

do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or doubts.

Best regards,
Sergio Urueña, Hannot Rodríguez & Andoni Ibarra




Science and technology practices are crucially shaped by

representations of “the future”. Expectations, socio-technical

imaginaries and techno-visions are constitutive elements in the de

facto epistemic-political governance of research and innovation. Some

scholars (e.g., van Lente, 2006; Jasanoff and Kim, 2015; Konrad and

Palavicino, 2017; Lösch, 2017) as well as certain research policy

frameworks (e.g., technology assessment, anticipatory governance, RRI)

have emphasized this performative character of futures by approaching

it as an object of responsibility. This intellectual endeavor has been

especially fruitful in relation to the visualization and critique of

existing reification inertias. That is to say, the frames,

regulations, commitments, feelings and so on, orienting and

constraining (i.e., reifying, or closing-down) the processes, outcomes

and ends of research and innovation practices.
This panel aims to explore the theoretical and practical possibilities

of developing interventive anticipatory resources capable of

instrumentalizing “the future” in more open, inclusive and reflexive


To what extent are anticipatory narratives and practices within

research and innovation policy systems open, inclusive and reflexive?

What constraining/enabling roles do socio-technical expectations,

imaginaries and techno-visions of “the future” play in research and

innovation practices?

What potentials and limits do anticipatory methods (e.g.,

scenario-building, science-fiction prototyping, technology

roadmapping, etc.) display with regard to reflexivity and de-reifying


How is/should the epistemic-political quality of open anticipatory

practices be enacted and/or assessed?

What role and relevance does anticipatory governance display in

relation to more recent policy frameworks such as RRI and “Open


The panel is open to all disciplines, approaches and methods. We

welcome researchers, practitioners and students.
If you are interested in participating in our Open Panel, please

submit your proposal for an oral presentation (max. 250 words

abstract, including the paper’s main arguments, methods and

contribution) by logging into the Programme website

( with your 4S

credentials, selecting “Papers for Open Panels” and clicking in the

Open Panel No. 132.
Deadline: FEBRUARY 29TH, 2020.

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