Co-Imagining Futures: Engaging Experts Across Disciplines

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York, Emily, and Shannon Conley. 2019. "Co-Imagining Futures: Engaging Experts Across Disciplines." In “The STS Futures Lab at the Intersection of Research and Pedagogy.” In Innovating STS Digital Exhibit, curated by Aalok Khandekar and Kim Fortun. Society for Social Studies of Science. August. Co-Imagining Futures: Engaging Experts Across Disciplines


Essay Meta-Narrative

The Co-Imagining Futures research project is an experiment in critical participation and in integrating research and pedagogy. Launched in February of 2019, we have conducted two iterations to date. Inspired by the ways in which combining scenario analysis, design fiction, and ethical reasoning helped us to facilitate stimulating discussions with STEM students in our classes, we decided to explore how they might work as methods for engaging experts in anticipatory ethical reasoning. Initially conceived as an engagement with scientists and engineers, we quickly realized that delineating expertise this way not only reinforced the boundaries between STEM forms of expertise and expertise in other disciplines, but was unnecessarily limiting. We also wanted to include our students in these interactions. Initially, we imagined that this involvement was purely for their edification--an opportunity to participate in research and learn how to facilitate workshops with experts. However, after our first iteration, we recognized that the students were critical to the research itself, acting as necessary mediators between different forms of expertise. In this essay, we describe the methodology and provide some preliminary analysis.

Shared Questions: Innovating STS

All Innovating STS exhibits are oriented by nine shared questions in order to generate comparative insight. These are:

ARTICULATION: What STS innovations (of theory, methodology, pedagogy...Read more

About Innovating STS

Furthering its theme, Innovations, Interruptions, Regenerations , the 2019 annual 4S meeting in New Orleans will include a special exhibit, Innovating STS , that showcases innovations ...Read more


Cultivating Interdisciplinary Trading Zones: SEESHOP 2019 Presentation

This presentation was created and delivered by Shannon N. Conley, Emily York, and undergraduate student Sam Kodua at the 2019 Studies of Expertise and Experience (SEESHOP) meeting in Helsinki. Here, we offer preliminary analysis of our Co-Imagining Futures research engagements, examining how...Read more


Critical Participation in Pedagogy and Research as a Mode of Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries

The STS Futures Lab is interested in making visible the creative possibilities of focusing on STS pedagogies--not only to improve STS teaching but to reconceptualize STS theories, methods, and strategies of engagement. Inspired in part by the...Read more


Co-Imagining Futures Methodology

In the Co-Imagining Futures research project, our process evolves with each iteration, but generally we proceed as follows:

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