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The Discovery of the Future in the Social and Human Sciences

06jun(jun 6)12:0008(jun 8)12:00The Discovery of the Future in the Social and Human SciencesChanging science from a primarily past-oriented effort to a primarily future-oriented effort12:00 - 12:00 (8) View in my timeUniversity of Trento, Via Calepina, 14, 38122 Trento TN, Italy Event Organized ByUniversity of Trento, Department of Sociology and Social Sciences

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Science is constantly changing. Since the dawn of modern science, science has grown continuously improving its methods and developing new theoretical frames. There is no reason to believe that science in the twenty-first century will be less creative and surprising than twentieth-century science.

Many recent contributions within the social and human sciences have raised issues about the role of the future in their respective fields. Apparently, the time is ripe for turning the social and human sciences upside down and reshaping them from primarily past-oriented sciences to primarily future-oriented ones.

By shifting the focus from the past to the future, the entire conceptual framework of the sciences will change. Exemplifying, the focus on the future reframes the role of past experience, which ceases to be seen as forcing behavior and becomes information about possible futures. The choice now makes sense. The conference will explore this still uncharted but rich opportunities territory.

Relevant Dates

  • Deadline for individual abstracts: 30 November 2023
  • Final Program: 28 February 2024
  • Speakers’ registration: before 30 April 2024
  • Deadline registration: 15 May 2024
  • Conference: 6-8 June 2024


6 June 2024 12:00 - 8 June 2024 12:00

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University of Trento, Department of Sociology and Social Sciences

The University of Trento is an Italian university located in Trento and nearby Rovereto. It has been able to achieve considerable results in didactics, research, and international relations according to CENSIS and the Italian Ministry of Education.

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