This network of researchers brings together people from industry and academia to explore how we’re building possible futures through our everyday activities of talking, researching, curating, writing, and teaching. These ‘methods’ we use to make sense of our world also shape our future, for ill or good. How can we intervene in this process, to build more sustainable, ethically sensible futures? What do we want to become? Projects and meetings within this network strive to connect practices of inquiry with larger social structures of knowledge and action.
Future Making explores creative and transgressive approaches to thinking about scientific and humanistic inquiry practices. We believe that pushing against established disciplinary, methodological, and epistemological boundaries is essential to building robust attitudes and practices within cultures that are ever more impacted by digital media, global networks of connectivity, and technological mediation.
This inter and multi-disciplinary research group is part of the Cultural Transformations Research Programme. Anyone interested in these issues is welcome to join. We have research members from multiple countries, from both academic and non-academic research contexts. To gain the most benefit, members should expect to attend at least one meeting of the research group annually.
Through a range of ongoing projects, we engage in proactive, future-oriented research that asks such questions as:
How is memory-making influenced by platforms like Google, Facebook, or basic photo management software on our computers or smartphones sort and organize our images? How do companies track us and create memories on our behalf?
How can citizens better use ethnographic and phenomenology methods to analyse their own lived experience? How can they develop tools to understand, explore, curate their own big data?
How do we trans nationally exchange visual cultures and social justice through media and technoscapes?
How can we merge playful experimentation with educational models to foster critical thinking and digital literacies for future entrepreneurs and world citizens?
Where are the safe spaces for playful and innovative experimentation in methodologies? How might academic institutions value innovative forms of knowledge production?
How do different stakeholder groups circulate digital communication objects and what are the implications for the constitution of different kinds of publics?
How do we approach visuality as a topic of analysis and, in turn, how can we use incorporate the visual in the conduct of our research?
This project studies lived experience of digital platforms. Researchers draw on a range of phenomenological, visual analysis, ethnographic, and grounded theory methodologies to reveal granular details of everyday life in digitally-saturated societies.