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Technologies of Anticipation in Contemporary Societies

Contemporary societies are confronted with novel constellations of political, economic, and ecological challenges ranging from global warming, pandemic outbreaks to refugee crises and financial meltdowns. When anticipating contingent futures, societies tend to rely increasingly on ‘technological fixes’, investing them with the capacity of averting or solving future problems. Taking up insights from Science and Technology Studies (STS), the research training group (RTG) sets out to empirically examine how ‘fixing futures’ works in technologies of anticipation. It proposes to investigate two different dimensions of ‘fixing’: ‘stabilisation’ and ‘repair’, focusing on economic practices, modes of government, and processes of life as the main research areas.