This track addresses the reconfiguration of techno-scientific agendas toward anticipatory goals and future-related expertise. It aims to account for the various assemblages of practices, infrastructures and imaginaries enabling experts and lay people to anticipate, foster and pre-empt the future.
Today, anticipation of the future is coming to the fore as an emerging field of expertise and practice: anticipatory goals and concerns are incorporated within a growing number of disciplinary fields, communities of practice and industrial sectors concerned with climate change, risk management, security planning or strategic foresight. This open track invites communications that will account for how the future is made an object of knowledge, practice and ethics, as people from various disciplines, fields and sectors engage with enduring assessments of the 'not yet'. Its aims to foster contributions documenting the reconfiguration of research agendas and techno-industrial innovation pathways toward anticipatory goals and concerns in areas such as: industry and risk management; environmental sciences, governance and climate change; security and preparedness; trading and finances; (inter)national strategic future expertise; science and science-fiction; the role of STS scholars in knowing and making certain futures.… By accounting for the various assemblages of practices, forms of representation and material infrastructures enabling experts and lay people to anticipate, foster, and pre-empt the futures, contributions may contribute to documenting the shaping and maintenance of communities of anticipation and to unpacking the various, partly competing politics of anticipation at stake. The track aims to open up new dialog and boundary-zones between STS and Future studies in order to understand how futures are brought into the present forms of technoscientific organization and praxis and which sites, practices, infrastructures, scenarios, imaginaries and politics are involved in attempting to make futures thinkable, imaginable and actionable.