internationalt seminar: Negotiating the Future, Oslo, Norway, June 7

Thinking about the future implies imagining it in ways it might, should or
should not come into being – and working towards it in ways we perceive
best. But is the end of the present still negotiable? Or is it already
occupied by political visions, economical interests and technological
unfolding? What futures deserve our immediate interest? How should we
attend to the near future hopes and hazards of biotechnology? How will the
new medical technologies reshape our human lifecourse, including our ideas
of life and death? Why is the future given less value than the present, as
in recent attempts to discount the future of our environment? All these
questions traverse current areas of studies which address the future in
scientific and technological expertise and expectations, innovation,
public bodies, and human imagination.

Negotiating the Future has secured the participation of three
internationally leading researchers whose studies cross the disciplinary
boundaries of science and technology studies, future methodologies and the
interdisciplinary field of time research. This alone promises an inspiring
combination of expertise for fruitful discussions. The one day seminar
opens with talks by our speakers and plenary discussions. The afternoon
workshop is dedicated to discussing these issues with participants who
have contributed with paper presentations circulated in advance. To this
end we are looking for short contributions between 2000-2500 words dealing
with the above and similar questions.