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P337


Living on Speculative Knowledge Systems (LoSKnoS) 
Convenors:
Martin Perez Comisso (Universidad de Chile)
Juan Felipe Espinosa Cristia (Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María)
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Chair:
Martin Perez Comisso (Universidad de Chile)
Discussant:
Juan Felipe Espinosa Cristia (Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María)
Format:
Combined Format Open Panel

Short Abstract:

Speculation is the rational act of envisioning theories, realities, and even worlds without "enough evidence." This panel aims for projects that work with and around speculative knowledge systems to think together about their challenges, limits, and opportunities from STS views. Combined Format.

Long Abstract:

Speculation is the rational act of envisioning theories, realities, and even worlds without "enough evidence." As a knowledge system, speculation is deeply related to the creative, commercial, and computational processes that develop understanding patterns with limited evidence and incomplete realities, such as financial markets or artificial intelligence algorithms. However, there are long and deep philosophical, scientific, artistic, and social traditions that resist and contest this category of knowledge system, undermining their relevance.

Nevertheless, in a world of increasing uncertainty due to poly-crises, speculative knowledge creates hope and experimentation. It is a source of stories, projections, scenarios, roadmaps, prototypes, devices, memes, and government plans based on that limited knowledge. When the world is on fire, radical imagination might be our way out. For Science and Technology Studies, speculative knowledge is connected to deeply provocative projects - such as many Making & Doing experiences - which challenge the assumptions and expectations of users, researchers, communities, and decision-makers to think and make the world otherwise.

This Panel aims to center the discussion on how speculative knowledge is present in our everyday life, academic research, and institutionalized socio-technical realities, with particular interest to co-speculate about the wildest applications and reflections about speculative knowledge systems to confront the current challenges and to defy our definitions of science and technology. We look for projects in which wild imaginaries, crazy theories, and unexpected innovations are pushing the minds and hands of people worldwide, in which the role of the speculator is central, or that entails the abstraction of our current conditions of life, collectively imagining different worlds. The panel is defined as a "combined format" for those mixing interfaces and crossing boundaries; this panel will offer the chance to center their works on the speculative aspects of their experience and co-define speculation, together.

Accepted contributions: