Convocatoria: First International Conference on ANTICIPATION Universidad de Trento (Italia), 5-7 noviembre 2015

Posted on 2015/04/23


The UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems, together with WAAS-World Academy of Art and Science, ISSS-International Society for the Systems Sciences, the Advanced Design Network, and the Department of Sociology and Social Sciences of the University of Trento, is organizing the

First International Conference on ANTICIPATION. 5-7 November 2015, Trento (Italy).

Anticipation is coming to the fore as an emerging field of study that is influencing a wide variety of disciplines. This international conference will explore the interaction among anticipation, uncertainty and complexity. Some questions that we intend to raise are these: When does anticipation occur in behavior and life? What types of anticipation can be distinguished? What structures and processes are necessary for anticipatory action? How can anticipation be modeled? A better and more complete understanding of anticipation and its effects will improve theories and models of individual and collective human behavior and its consequences. The ability to anticipate in complex environments may improve the resilience of societies facing threats from a global proliferation of agents and forces by articulating uncertainties through anticipatory processes.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to

Anticipation in the human and social sciences
Anticipation and decision-making
Anticipation and global social challenges
Anticipatory governance and resilience of societies
Anticipation and Futures Studies
Anticipation in fiction, the arts, design and gaming
Modeling anticipation.
Invited Speakers: Arjun Appaduray, Jens Beckert, Julian Bleecker, Riel Miller, Martin Seligman, and Olin Wright.

Program Committee: Roberto Poli (chair), Flaviano Celaschi, Keri Facer, Garry Jacobs, John Kineman, and Giuseppe Sciortino.

The Conference’s Program Committee invites proposals for sessions to be held in conjunction with the main conference. The session program will provide venues for community-building activities, focused discussions, and constructive interactions on current or emerging topics of interest (further details are available here).

Recognising the importance of Anticipation, special Issues of the Journals Axiomathes, Cadmus, European Journal of Futures Research, and Futures will be published from peer reviewed conference contributions.

Conference fee:

Early registration (before 1 September 2015): € 150
Late registration (from 1 September 2015): € 200
Important dates:

Abstract submission: 30 April 2015
Abstract acceptance notification: 15 May 2015
Final program: 30 June 2015
Early registration: Before 1 September 2015
Deadline registration: 20 October 2015