Call for Participation [Special Session] :
Inclusive futures: Transforming the Ordinary
We are looking for participants for a session that we are organizing as part of the conference "Transforming consumption-production systems towards just and sustainable futures" hosted by the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI), the European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP) and Wageningen University & Research (WUR), July 5-8, 2023 in Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Session title -> Inclusive futures: transforming the ordinary
- Session: Academic session of 90 minutes
- Chairs: Jonas House, Sigrid Wertheim-Heck, Hilje van der Horst (Wageningen University)
Recent years have seen increasing social scientific interest in the future (Beckert and Suckert 2021, Selin 2008, Tutton 2017). A critical strand within this work understands the future as a ‘social fact’ shaping human activity (Beckert and Suckert 2021). Time, resources and effort are allocated to particular things and not others, for example, on the grounds of their expected relevance to anticipated futures, a phenomenon that has shaped – inter alia – the development of technologies (Borup et al. 2006), governance (Guston 2014) and economic markets (Svetlova 2022). Among such debates, a burgeoning strand of research has also begun to examine ordinary, everyday or mundane futures, investigating how everyday human activities – such as cooking or doing laundry – are both oriented to anticipated futures and may help to imagine how things might be done differently (Kuijer 2020, Kuijer and Spurling 2017, Mandich 2020, Welch et al. 2017, 2020).
Indeed, anticipated futures often – always? – have a normative dimension, being something either welcomed or avoided. While some anticipated futures are explicitly utopian (Gümüsay and Reinecke 2022), even the more restrained framing of ‘desirable’ futures nevertheless implies hope for an improved state of affairs (Bai et al. 2016). Researchers and practitioners have for example engaged with efforts to achieve more sustainable or food secure futures (Knappe et al. 2019, Svenfelt et al. 2019, Veenman et al. 2021). In particular, a theme in these debates focuses on inclusiveness as a vital aspect of plausible and desirable futures (Andersen and Andersen 2017, Hudson and Rönnblom 2020, Langdon et al. 2008).
This sessions aims to build on and extend these debates. Specifically, we aim to bring work on ‘ordinary’ or ‘everyday’ futures into dialogue with ideas around ‘inclusive’ futures and how those may be achieved. For example, rather than examining the ‘Big Future’ (Michael 2017) of an inclusive food system conceived in holistic terms (Ruben et al. 2021), we might ask how the ‘Little Futures’ that orient everyday food shopping, cooking and eating might encourage – or preclude – greater inclusivity through the “process of emergence […] attached to mundane social (and technological) processes and practices” (Michael 2017: 510). We argue that the sphere of everyday practice may offer a rich resource for developing ‘workable utopias’ (Mert-Cakal and Miele 2020) as a basis for broader societal transformation.
We seek papers which develop these ideas in various ways: whether advancing our theoretical resources for thinking about ordinary inclusive futures, developing methodological tools for related research, or building an empirical basis to help advance our understanding of the area.
We welcome papers on topics that potentially include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Seeds of inclusive futures within ordinary practices
- Future orientations of ordinary practices
- How anticipated futures play out within the everyday
- Alignment or friction between anticipated futures and everyday practices
- Who is included or excluded in anticipated futures
- How ordinary ‘Little Futures’ relate to ‘Big Futures’
- Methods for understanding the future orientation(s) of the ordinary
Please send abstracts of around 250 words to Jonas House (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 10, and hand in your abstract via the online submission portal by January 15. Abstracts should follow the conference guidelines as outlined on the conference website.
Andersen, A. D., & Andersen, P. D. (2017). Foresighting for inclusive development. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 119, 227–236.
Bai, X., van der Leeuw, S., O’Brien, K., Berkhout, F., Biermann, F., Brondizio, E. S., Cudennec, C., Dearing, J., Duraiappah, A., Glaser, M., Revkin, A., Steffen, W., & Syvitski, J. (2016). Plausible and desirable futures in the Anthropocene: A new research agenda. Global Environmental Change, 39, 351–362.
Beckert, J., & Suckert, L. (2021). The future as a social fact. The analysis of perceptions of the future in sociology. Poetics, 84, 101499.
Borup, M., Brown, N., Konrad, K., & Van Lente, H. (2006). The sociology of expectations in science and technology. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 18(3–4), 285–298.
Gümüsay, A. A., & Reinecke, J. (2022). Researching for desirable futures: From real utopias to imagining alternatives. Journal of Management Studies, 59(1), 236–242.
Guston, D. H. (2014). Understanding ‘anticipatory governance’. Social Studies of Science, 44(2), 218–242.
Hudson, C., & Rönnblom, M. (2020). Is an ‘other’ city possible? Using feminist utopias in creating a more inclusive vision of the future city. Futures, 121, 102583.
Knappe, H., Holfelder, A.-K., Löw Beer, D., & Nanz, P. (2019). The politics of making and unmaking (sustainable) futures: Introduction to the special feature. Sustainability Science, 14(4), 891–898.
Kuijer, L. (2020). Democratising and anticipating everyday futures through critical design: A review of exemplars. Temes de Disseny, 36, 150–177.
Kuijer, L., & Spurling, N. (2017). Everyday futures: A new interdisciplinary area of research. Interactions, 24(2), 34–37.
Langdon, P., Clarkson, P. J., & Robinson, P. (Eds.). (2008). Designing inclusive futures. Springer Science & Business Media.
Mandich, G. (2020). Modes of engagement with the future in everyday life. Time & Society, 29(3), 681–703.
Mert-Cakal, T., & Miele, M. (2020). ‘Workable utopias’ for social change through inclusion and empowerment? Community supported agriculture (CSA) in Wales as social innovation. Agriculture and Human Values, 37(4), 1241–1260.
Michael, M. (2017). Enacting big futures, little futures: Toward an ecology of futures. The Sociological Review, 65(3), 509–524.
Ruben, R., Cavatassi, R., Lipper, L., Smaling, E., & Winters, P. (2021). Towards food systems transformation—Five paradigm shifts for healthy, inclusive and sustainable food systems. Food Security, 13(6), 1423–1430.
Selin, C. (2008). The sociology of the future: Tracing stories of technology and time. Sociology Compass, 2(6), 1878–1895.
Svenfelt, Å., Alfredsson, E. C., Bradley, K., Fauré, E., Finnveden, G., Fuehrer, P., Gunnarsson-Östling, U., Isaksson, K., Malmaeus, M., & Malmqvist, T. (2019). Scenarios for sustainable futures beyond GDP growth 2050. Futures, 111, 1–14.
Svetlova, E. (2022). AI meets narratives: The state and future of research on expectation formation in economics and sociology. Socio-Economic Review, 20(2), 841–861.
Tutton, R. (2017). Wicked futures: Meaning, matter and the sociology of the future. The Sociological Review, 65(3), 478–492.
Veenman, S., Kusters, V., & Beckers, P. (2021). Exploring anticipated futures: Dutch Grassroot Initiatives anticipating futures in the energy transition. Futures, 132, 102797.
Welch, D., Keller, M., & Mandich, G. (2017). Imagined futures of everyday life in the circular economy. Interactions, 24(2), 46–51.
Welch, D., Mandich, G., & Keller, M. (2020). Futures in practice: Regimes of engagement and teleoaffectivity. Cultural Sociology, 14(4), 438–457.
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