First International Conference on ANTICIPATION

The First International Conference on ANTICIPATION wil be held from November 5-7 2015 in Trento, Italy.The conference is part of an project by the UNESCO chair in Anticipatory Systems which main purpose is to centralize the study of anticipation and to define the Discipline of Anticipation as a cohesive body of knowledge. Therefore the chair addresses different key questions such as: Are there different kinds of anticipation? Are anticipations imposed by the mind, or are they aspects of reality, or does anticipation involve a relation with both? Which are the connections between the discipline of Anticipation and Futures Studies?

The conference aims at bringing together experts and other interested parties to promote to discuss these questions from different perspectives. Under the patronage of UNESCO, the conference is organized by 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. 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.

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. Fee at early registration (before September 1, 2015): 150 €, after that date 200 €. Deadline for registration is October 20, 2015.