This gallery exhibit showcases methods and artifacts being produced in the STS Futures Lab in the School of Integrated Sciences at James Madison University. The STS Futures Lab is a space in which faculty and a small cohort of interdisciplinary undergraduate STEM students collaborate on pedagogy and research at the intersection of science, technology, and society. Here, innovations in STS pedagogy have begun to inform a reconceptualization of STS theories and methods, and methods initially designed for the undergraduate classroom have developed into methods for conducting STS research.
Specifically, this exhibit highlights the integration of scenario analysis, design fiction, and ethical reasoning, and demonstrates how this integrated trio of approaches for engaging students in critically interrogating socio-technical futures morphed into an STS research and public engagement project on interactional expertise, anticipatory governance, and the cultivation of moral imagination. In this research project, the STS Futures Lab is engaging experts from various disciplines in collaborative scenario analysis and design fiction as a form of critical participation--and using media production, including 360 video--to document these interactions for inclusion on a YouTube channel (in development) of ‘weird detours into the future’. Meanwhile, the mode of interaction is being analyzed to examine the possibilities and constraints of play, pedagogy, and collaborative making in the development of interactional expertise, tools for anticipatory governance of emerging technologies, and multidisciplinary collaborations that produce new knowledge at the intersection of a research subject’s area of expertise, anticipatory ethics, and STS pedagogy and research.