[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 (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.
Sergio Urueña, Hannot Rodríguez & Andoni Ibarra
OPEN PANEL - “PERFORMATIVE FUTURES: FIGHTING REIFICATION INERTIAS
THROUGH OPEN ANTICIPATIONS” (EASST/4S)
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
Some POTENTIAL QUESTIONS include:
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
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
(https://admin.allacademic.com/one/ssss/ssss20/) 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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