Interrogating Speculative Futures: A workshop on the politics of imagining a future with(out) chronic illness
Keynote Talks for Interrogating Speculative Futures: A workshop on the politics of imagining a future with(out) chronic illness
KEYNOTE 1: Professor Ayo Wahlberg (University of Copenhagen) – 19th July 16.15 CEST
KEYNOTE 2: Dr Rebecca Coleman (Goldsmiths, University of London) – 20th July 16.15 CEST
Fabulating Futures: Materiality, Affect and Speculative Methods
Following a productive surge of engagements with the speculative across the social sciences, we seek to interrogate the limits and possibilities of imagining and opening up futures, from diverse subject positions and at different scales. Drawing on insights from across sociology, anthropology, STS and disability studies, this workshop seeks to move away from assumptions about the limits of a life with chronic illness. Instead, we are interested in the limits of technoscientific promise – the “curative imaginary” (Kafer 2013) and hype of “anticipatory technologies” (Erikson 2018) – while, at the same time, exploring the potentialities that emerge from diagnoses, prognoses, illness experiences, and care at the end of life. We are interested in how people with chronic illness anticipate the future, and how hopes and fears impact life in the present. How do medical programs, state policies, and systems of knowledge production foreclose and/or open up futures of “chronic living” (Wahlberg et al 2021)? And how then, can we understand the futurity of and in chronicity itself? What regimes of anticipation and speculation does chronicity produce?