The futures of futures studies
Pushing the boundaries of futures thinking

Exploring liminality in human responsibilities for the future (workshop)

Ted Fuller Narcis Heraclide, Anne Marchais-Roubelat, Fabrice Roubelat April K Ward
Aim of the workshop
To explore, reimagine and construct liminal spaces of responsibility in anticpatory practices
The workshop is designed as a series of question topics, which address three different types of liminal space with respect to “responsibility for the future”.
Workshop participants are invited to consider how, in their experience, certain liminal experiences transform ways in which responsibility is taken, ignored, or avoided in (i) foresight practices, i.e. specific interventions to generate images of the future, and (ii) in “everyday anticipation” - which is related to competence in Futures Literacy.
The workshop will use participative methods in group work: think-pair-share, working wall, devise-and-display. In 90-120 minutes: there will a short introduction, three rounds of group discussion and a plenary discussion.
1. Liminal activities in regimes: Different regimes of responsibility (regulatory, moral duty, socially ethical, role-based, etc.) influence the scope of and meaning of responsibility. What spontaneous or devised liminal experiences might transform singular modes of responsibility to holistic responsibility?
2. Responsible Actors: Futures-related activity and anticpatory practices involve blurred and interdependent boundaries, roles, responsibilities and inclusions and exclusions of stakeholders. What relational liminalities exist in the spaces of multiple, inter-dependent responsibilities. Can these interactions be transformative?
3. Objects or Actants: In Futures Studies some objects have transformative power. Examples include methods, reports, images. How can anticpatory objects create a meaningful sense of responsibility in otherwise liminoid experiences?

Does a reframing of anticpation as ‘life itself’ offer a transitionary critical life change for epistemology?

UNESCO Chair on Responsible Foresight for Sustainable Development
University of Lincoln