Politics of Anticipation: on Knowing and Governing Environmental Futures

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Тезисы до: 15.04.2016

Даты: 15.04.16 — 15.04.16

Область наук: Экология; Юридические;

Е-мейл Оргкомитета: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/futures/

Организаторы: Elsevier


In recent years new interests across several humanities and social sciences disciplines have emerged concerning – and problematizing - the ways in which emergent threatening futures are anticipated, fostered, and pre-empted. Arguably, a defining quality of our current moment in the world is the prominence given to thinking and living towards future uncertain horizons. While much research on anticipatory practices and politics has focused on counter-terrorism and human health (Anderson, 2010; Aradau and van Munster, 2011), less attention has been paid to how we seek to anticipate, prepare and manage the futures of non-human life as well as the conditions of human life within the Biosphere in a time of environmental changes. Here the task for social sciences is not only how to imagine alternative and preferable futures but also how to develop an engaged scholarship for critically examining how futures are told, traded, transformed and traversed (Adam, 1998; Adam and Groves, 2007); how futures are calculated, imagined and performed (Dahan, 2006; Hastrup and Skrydstrup, 2013); how futures are pre-empted, and prepared for and secured against (Anderson 2010); how futures are forged, negotiated, contested, colonized and tamed (Felt and Fochler, 2011). This special issue aims to foster contributions addressing how anticipation of environmental futures is coming to the fore as an emerging field of expertise and practice that is propelling innovative thinking and infrastructures and new ethical issues across the life and earth sciences and in such sectors as biodiversity management, land planning, and ecological engineering. Environmental futures today include perspectives of biodiversity loss, climate change, local and global tipping points and ecological emergencies (Oreskes and Conway, 2013), as well as new synthetic organisms, artificial biomes, and geo and eco-engineering technologies aiming to secure the resilience of the biosphere and the conditions of human life on Earth. How are anticipatory goals and concerns incorporated within a growing number of fields and sectors of environmental conservation, knowledge, management and innovation (such as: ecology, agronomy, biodiversity management, land use planning, oceanography and microbiology…)? How do experts and lay people themselves engage with enduring assessments of the 'not yet' in an attempt to secure forms of non-human and human life as we know them today? How are futures brought into the present forms of social organization and praxis? Where does anticipation stop when “second-level” set of associated risks and questionable consequences are produced by anticipatory agendas and technologies themselves? How do technologies of anticipation re-shape environmental issues and politics? Rather than depicting an all-encompassing Regime of anticipation (as proposed by Aradau and van Munster, 2011), this special issue will pay attention to the various, and partly competing, regimes of environmental anticipation enacted by a growing number of scientists, experts, industrials and stake-holders aiming to conserve, restore, manage, secure, optimize and/or reengineer environments and societies. The contributions will document the various assemblages of practices, forms of representation and material infrastructures enabling experts and lay people to anticipate, foster, and pre-empt the futures of biodiversity, ecosystems, landscapes and human life and activities in the biosphere, and scrutinize the various politics of anticipation associated. They will also produce insights into how researching environmental futures destabilizes the disciplinary patterns of the “social construction of reality” in social sciences in order to confront the autonomous and outside reality of the future (Bell, 2011). This special issue of Futures connects new scholarship across ‘epistemic trading zones’ bringing into dialogue a range of disciplines including STS, cultural geography, environmental humanities, futures studies, sociology and anthropology. Articles build on empirical investigations of a range of sites and infrastructures of environmental anticipation in order to examine the broad reconfiguration of research agendas, environmental governance and techno-industrial innovation pathways toward anticipatory and security purposes regarding biodiversity, ecosystems and the biosphere. They reveal insights into the complexities of anticipating the futures of entangled socio-technical-ecological dynamics whereby science, government, industries, markets and civil society produce the future of the nature and society in the same movement. Articles will address: regimes of climate change anticipation and adaptation (CO2 sequestration, climate modification and geo-engineering, climate simulation and modeling…); regimes of biodiversity loss anticipation and the governance of endangered wildlife; the development of artificial life-support systems anticipating the optimization of the resilience of the biosphere and space colonization; ethics of environmental anticipation…

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