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EASST2022 Panel 077: FROM ACCELERATION TO TARDINESS. QUALITATIVE TEMPORALITIES IN THE TAMING OF VISIONS IN INNOVATION PROCESSES

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We invite contributions to our open panel =93FROM ACCELERATION TO = TARDINESS. QUALITATIVE TEMPORALITIES IN THE TAMING OF VISIONS IN INNOVATION = PROCESSES=94 (https://easst2022.org/IMAGENES/panelsResultados/077.pdf) organized by Ulrich Ufer, Andreas L=F6sch (both: Institute for Technology Assessment = and Systems Analysis, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) and Alexandra = Hausstein (Institute for Technology Futures, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) at = the EASST 2022 conference in Madrid 6-9 July 2022. Abstracts are expected to submit by February 1, 2022 via the link: = https://easst2022.org/openpanel.asp

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Panel 077: FROM ACCELERATION TO TARDINESS. QUALITATIVE TEMPORALITIES IN = THE TAMING OF VISIONS IN INNOVATION PROCESSES

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Modern innovation discourses are framed by promises and expectations of pioneering techno-scientific renewal and groundbreaking future = improvement. Often, these promises and expectations are based on technoscientific = visions of the future. Once activated and socially relevant, these visions can provide resources for generating new meaning and orientation in contexts = of impending social and technological innovation. They provide a narrative = to temporally frame innovation discourses and structure their practices. Radical visions therefore have the potential to create interfaces = between a present that is characterized as stationary, or slowly changing, and a surprising future that has escaped any notion of linear development.

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In the process of activating visions in innovation discourses and = attempts of putting these into practice, however, they often lose their = radicality. This panel is concerned with the role of visions in innovation = processes, their changing nature once they go through processes of = institutionalization and the process of diffusion of visionary ideas of the future.

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Panelists are asked to discuss and elaborate the central hypothesis that speedy realization may be central to notions of radicalness and disruptiveness in visions and in innovation discourses, whereas they = often suffer from tardiness, delay, hesitation, deferral, procrastination, or deceleration. The precarious nature of original radicalness and intended disruption tends to fade out the closer it gets to realization, concretization or social diffusion of visions accompanying innovations. = What may seem, at a first glance, like a commonplace description of = adjustments necessary when moving from (utopian) thinking to practice, points at a deeper level to an interesting constellation: Particularly under the = guiding principle of social robustness, sustainability and responsibility, technoscientific visions are often "tamed", but provide orientation, = gain transformative capacity the more they are presented as = solution-orientated and feasible. Thus, promised disruptive innovations often result in incremental innovation processes.

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The panel seeks interdisciplinary thematic and reflexive contributions = as well as specific case studies that answer to, elaborate on and add to = the following questions and observations:

  • What role do radical visions play in the course of innovation processes?
  • How do visions change in the course of innovations processes?
  • In how far are qualitative dimensions of temporality, such as, on the one hand, speed, acceleration, or pressure, and, on the other hand, tardiness, delay, hesitation, deferral, or deceleration, effects of institutionalizing visions?
  • Can the qualitative dimensions of temporality be analyzed as tactical means on the level of institutions, policy makers, = stakeholders, or society at large, to dilute and attenuate radicalness and disruption?
  • What are concrete examples for the relevance of qualitative temporalities (from acceleration to tardiness) in radical visions and (discourses and narratives about) disruptive innovations?
  • How are disruptively staged visions tamed and transformed into social robustness?

Key words: radical visions, disruptive innovations, qualitative temporalities

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We look forwards to your proposals!

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Best regards,

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Andreas, Alexandra and Ulrich

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Karlsruher Institut f=FCr Technologie (KIT)

Institut f=FCr Technikfolgenabsch=E4tzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)

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PD Dr. Andreas L=F6sch

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Karlstrasse 11

D-76133 Karlsruhe

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Postanschrift:

PF 36 40, 76021 Karlsruhe

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Email: andreas.loesch@kit.edu

www.itas.kit.edu

www.kit.edu

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Dear all, We invite contributions to our open = panel “FROM ACCELERATION TO TARDINESS. QUALITATIVE TEMPORALITIES = IN THE TAMING OF VISIONS IN INNOVATION PROCESSES” (https://= easst2022.org/IMAGENES/panelsResultados/077.pdf) organized by Ulrich = Ufer, Andreas L=F6sch (both: Institute for Technology Assessment and = Systems Analysis, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) and Alexandra = Hausstein (Institute for Technology Futures, Karlsruhe Institute of = Technology) at the EASST 2022 conference in Madrid 6-9 July 2022. = Abstracts are expected to submit by February 1, 2022 via the = link: https://easst2022.org/openpa= nel.asp Panel 077: FROM ACCELERATION TO TARDINESS. QUALITATIVE = TEMPORALITIES IN THE TAMING OF VISIONS IN INNOVATION = PROCESSES Modern innovation discourses are framed by promises and = expectations of pioneering techno-scientific renewal and groundbreaking = future improvement. Often, these promises and expectations are based on = technoscientific visions of the future. Once activated and socially = relevant, these visions can provide resources for generating new meaning = and orientation in contexts of impending social and technological = innovation. They provide a narrative to temporally frame innovation = discourses and structure their practices. Radical visions therefore have = the potential to create interfaces between a present that is = characterized as stationary, or slowly changing, and a surprising future = that has escaped any notion of linear = development. In the process of activating visions in innovation = discourses and attempts of putting these into practice, however, they = often lose their radicality. This panel is concerned with the role of = visions in innovation processes, their changing nature once they go = through processes of institutionalization and the process of diffusion = of visionary ideas of the future. Panelists are asked to discuss and = elaborate the central hypothesis that speedy realization may be central = to notions of radicalness and disruptiveness in visions and in = innovation discourses, whereas they often suffer from tardiness, delay, = hesitation, deferral, procrastination, or deceleration. The precarious = nature of original radicalness and intended disruption tends to fade out = the closer it gets to realization, concretization or social diffusion of = visions accompanying innovations. What may seem, at a first glance, like = a commonplace description of adjustments necessary when moving from = (utopian) thinking to practice, points at a deeper level to an = interesting constellation: Particularly under the guiding principle of = social robustness, sustainability and responsibility, technoscientific = visions are often "tamed", but provide orientation, gain = transformative capacity the more they are presented as = solution-orientated and feasible. Thus, promised disruptive innovations = often result in incremental innovation = processes. The panel seeks interdisciplinary thematic and reflexive = contributions as well as specific case studies that answer to, elaborate = on and add to the following questions and = observations:What role do radical visions play in the course = of innovation processes?How do visions change in the course of = innovations processes?In how far are qualitative dimensions of = temporality, such as, on the one hand, speed, acceleration, or pressure, = and, on the other hand, tardiness, delay, hesitation, deferral, or = deceleration, effects of institutionalizing = visions?Can the qualitative dimensions of temporality = be analyzed as tactical means on the level of institutions, policy = makers, stakeholders, or society at large, to dilute and attenuate = radicalness and disruption?What are concrete examples for the relevance of = qualitative temporalities (from acceleration to tardiness) in radical = visions and (discourses and narratives about) disruptive = innovations?How are disruptively staged visions tamed and = transformed into social robustness?Key words: radical visions, disruptive innovations, qualitative = temporalities We look forwards to your proposals! Best = regards, Andreas, Alexandra and = Ulrich  --- Karlsruher = Institut f=FCr Technologie (KIT)Institut f=FCr Technikfolgenabsch=E4tzung und = Systemanalyse (ITAS) PD Dr. = Andreas L=F6sch Karlstrasse = 11D-76133 Karlsruhe Postanschrift:PF = 36 40, 76021 Karlsruhe Email: andreas.loesch@kit.eduwww.itas.kit.eduwww.kit.edu  ------=_NextPart_001_0047_01D80705.CDDA8230--

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