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Infrastructuring postgrowth futures 
Tamalone Eijnden (University of Twente)
Katherine Sammler (University of Twente)
Steven McGreevy (University of Twente)
Esther Turnhout (University of Twente)
Corelia Baibarac-Duignan (University of Twente)
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Corelia Baibarac-Duignan (University of Twente)
Esther Turnhout (University of Twente)
Combined Format Open Panel

Short Abstract:

This panel discusses how practices of knowledge, data, technology, collaboration, design, and commoning can support the infrastructuring of post-growth futures. We invite diverse formats, including papers, artistic and experiential modes of inquiry, art/design installations and workshops.

Long Abstract:

With social inequalities, biodiversity loss, and climate change on the rise, time has come to critically and creatively (re)consider transforming science and knowledge-making practices for a postgrowth world. This requires other ways of relating and being. Yet, existing practices, technologies, institutions, and spatial configurations are locked into specific structures and patterns that prevent transformation. Whether spatial, digital or ideological, these patterns inscribe and shape our present thinking and action. To move towards a world and futures otherwise, static patterns and orders need to be opened up to allow for change to emerge from the bottom up. Postgrowth futures are in the making, albeit often hidden from sight and omitted from dominant knowledge-making and science practices. Examples involving commoning, sharing, or repurposing land, skills or technologies, provide glimpses of such alternative futures. Engaging with the values they encompass, like care, reciprocity, stewardship and responsibility, could support the re-patterning of presents and, in turn, the infrastructuring of alternative postgrowth futures.

In this session, we invite contributions that examine and propose different ways of ‘patterning’ science and knowledge-making practices, including (but not limited to): commons and commoning; data, code and technology; modes of collaboration, governance and democratic participation. We are interested in cases at multiple scales and from diverse parts of the world, as well as in conceptual and theoretical contributions that stretch or cross the disciplinary boundaries and modes of expression of science and technology studies. We explicitly invite contributions that experiment with artistic and experiential modes of inquiry, in the forms of art/design installations and workshop sessions.

We propose three open panels: 1) academic papers (each 15 minutes, followed by a shared discussion); 2) workshop session addressing potential frictions generated by breaking present patterns towards transformation; and 3) performance involving an interactive installation and audience participation.

Accepted contributions:

Session 1