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ESSCS/TransHumanities Joint Summer School 2023

Summer School 2023

Bouncing Forward:Future Narratives, Scenarios, and Transformations in the Study of Culture

19-23 June 2023

Call for Papers
Engaging the future is never more pressing than in uncertain times with a sense of no future. Hence concern with the future has become increasingly urgent in our own times, marked as they are by a proliferation of crises and existential challenges. With a conceptual focus on narrativity, scenarios, and transformations in (the study of) culture, this summer school addresses questions of cultural imagination and forward thinking through a variety of productive lenses, such as planetary futures, resilience-thinking, or notions of time and risk criticism in order to foster discussion on how we – both as a society and an interdisciplinary field of research – can bounce forward or perhaps move in multiple ways and directions to (re-)shape the future. Since future imaginations via their specific temporality as often as not rely on a certain degree of narrativization, we want to put our attention to the scenarios and transformative potential they yield. Our summer school takes a two-pronged approach: We are interested in 1) how future narratives, scenarios and transformations figure within our various research objects and 2) how the urgent and complex problems sketched above prompt us to rethink, recalibrate and renew our very conceptual and methodological apparatuses in the study of culture.
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Information for Participants
All summer school participants are expected to attend the entire week. During the summer school, the GCSC will cover daily lunches, coffee breaks, and a conference dinner. Travel and accommodation costs are covered by the participants. You can find more information regarding hotels shortly on our conference website.
Conference Fee and Funding Options
The conference fee for external participants is €100,-. Fee waivers are provided for members of our network partners (ESSCS and TransHumanities). We have created a solidarity fund for early career researchers who do not have any support from their institution, a research grant, or other funding awards to attend our conference. Those participants can apply informally via email for a lump sum of up to €250,- including a conference fee waiver. Applicants should confirm that they have no access to other funding opportunities or indicate whether they will get any financial support from a third party (and how much).
Prospective participants have been notified about their successful application. Papers will be circulated before the conference and have now to be submitted, in full (max. 4,000 words), by 15 May 2023.

The Summer School will feature keynote lectures and master-classes/workshops by senior scholars, as well as panels in which PhD candidates and other younger researchers present their papers.

Internationally esteemed scholars working on related questions have been requested and will be announced as keynote speakers here soon.