Call For Papers - Special Issue:
(De)centering images of the Future: Intersections between Futures Studies and Science and Technology Studies
The main objective of the special number is to situate, transform, and (de)centered the contemporary notions of images of the Future based on empirical cases and/or attractive theoretical frames.
The topic of images of the Future is primarily used and studied in the field of Future Studies. (Bodinet, 2018) But in recent years, a call for more inclusive and global futures has been increasing attention in civic, political, and academic spaces. (Escobar, 2018) The COVID-19 pandemic, with the disruption to several global systems, has made clear the importance of future thinking in everyday life and increasing dialogue about alternative images of the Future.
Popularized in 1961 by the book of Frederick Polak (in English since 1973), images of the Future are defined as "images of the totally other, and they are revolutionary and radical in nature, or they are nothing at all." Since there, Future studies have increasingly produced diverse and inclusive images of the Future (Inayatullah, 2008; Zheltikova & Khokhlova, 2019), which are currently connected to the movements of decolonial anthropologies and designs (Tlostanova, 2017; Escobar, 2018), as well offer powerful insight for the study of emergent sociotechnical imaginaries (Jasanoff, 2015; Konrad & Böhle, 2019). We're in a period where many images of the Future are needed and produced. Hence, careful examination of the concept may inform practitioners and scholars in emerging ways to work around them.
Extending the goal, situated is understood as stated by Haraway's "Situated knowledges," which refers not only to acknowledging the place and time of these visions but also recognize our "partial visions" to "make the future visible" (Haraway, 1988, Tibbs, 2021); Transformed in respect to emerging worldviews and paradigms that entails global change (Maxwell, 2017), producing emerging epistemic and ontological orders for the new realities that we live in. As Morgan (2002) reviewed, the sources of images of the Future is in constant evolution; and finally, (De)centered, in a double movement: one to displace the assumptions and perspectives in which images of the Future has been created and used (Fry, 2020; Blauvelt, 2020), another to find other centers for the Future, such as indigenous knowledge systems (Sillitoe and Marzano, 2009) or "zombie disciplines" (Mayo and Shamim, 2021) that offer new ways to think about anticipatory thinking.
This special number wants to discuss the role of images of the Future today, combining the critical perspectives that inform futures studies and science & technology studies. Specifically, this publication aims to situate, transform, and (de)center projects and practices looking at the Future's local, topical, or systemic images. I expect to contribute with this number to give careful attention to its theoretical interpretations and offer new insight on the design, uses, and impacts of images of the Future. A particular emphasis is to explore the production and appropriation of non-hegemonic sources of images of the Future (such as Afro-futurism or Solar-Punk), to restore more-than-human balances from the unequal, unbalanced, and unfair relations across scales of time and space that our current crises thread in our planet.
We´re especially interested on contributions developed and shared in recent years in conferences and events that intersect STS and Futures Studies, as selected panels in the conference of the Society of Social Studies of Science (4S), The Society of Studies of New and Emerging Technologies (S.NET), local and regional events on this intersection as the I AM Weekend (Barcelona) or ESOCITE.BR (San Carlos, Brazil), as much other space where technology and futures studies intersect their images.
All submissions must be submitted via Manuscript Central at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/wfr.
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Martín Pérez Comisso
School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University
Department of Science and Technology Studies, University of York
April 30, 2022