CFP: IMAGINING THE HISTORY OF THE FUTURE: UNSETTLING SCIENTIFIC STORIES

UNIVERSITY OF YORK, UK, March 27-29, 2018
 
The future just isn’t what it used to be … not least because people keep changing it.
Recent years have seen a significant growth of academic and public interest in the role of the sciences in creating and sustaining both imagined and enacted futures. Technological innovations and emergent theoretical paradigms gel and jolt against abiding ecological, social, medical or economic concerns: researchers, novelists, cartoonists, civil servants, business leaders and politicians assess and estimate the costs of planning for or mitigating likely consequences. The trouble is that thinking about the future is a matter of perspective: where you decide to stand constrains what you can see
With confirmed plenary speakers Professor Sherryl Vint (University of California, Riverside, USA) and Professor Charlotte Sleigh (University of Kent, UK) this three-day conference will bring together scholars, practitioners, and activists to explore ways in which different visions of the future and its history can be brought into productive dialogue.
Proposals for individual papers should include an abstract of no more than 250 words, together with a short (100) word author bio. Panel proposals should also include a short (150 word) commentary on the overall theme. Please email proposals to unsettling-science@york.ac.uk (as email attachments in Word format) by FRIDAY 15th SEPTEMBER. Authors will be notified of decisions by Friday 27th October. Prospective organisers of other formats should contact the organisers by email as soon as possible to discuss possibilities. Please direct all enquires to unsettling-science@york.ac.uk.
Further information can be found here
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