Imaginar mundos posibles

Potencialidades, límites y fricciones de la ficción especulativa en la investigación y la educación

Conference

Disseny Hub Barcelona
January 19th and 20th, 2023

The Esbrina Research Group — Subjectivities, visualities and contemporary educational environments together with the Doctorate in Art and Education and the CosiCosa association are organizing the conference “Imaginar mundos posibles: Potencialidades, límites y fricciones de la ficción especulativa en la investigación y la educación” that will take place on January 19th and 20th, 2023 at Disseny Hub Barcelona.

The conference

Speculative fiction, speculative design and design fiction are becoming increasingly popular as research and creation tools aimed at generating conceptual and temporal displacements to promote reflection on the present and possible worlds not yet imagined.

The main objective of this conference is to bring together researchers, artists, designers and education professionals who are interested in this topic, and generate a transdisciplinary dialogue space around the pedagogical potential of these practices.

Specifically, we are interested in putting into dialogue communications that address these issues:

  • Potentialities and limits of the speculative in the face of global and local challenges.
  • Potentialities and limits of the speculative to explore the relationships between humans and non-humans in the educational context.
  • Potentialities and limits of the speculative as a resource to generate displacements in the pedagogical models linked to processes of creation and inquiry.
  • Educational tools and resources to imagine and design possible worlds with students.

Guiding questions:

  • In what ways can exploring other speculative futures help us to reimagine our ways of living in the present?
  • How can speculative fiction serve as a tool to respond, rethink and reformulate our way of relating to the human and non-human?
  • How can speculative fiction offer methods of inquiry to study the human/non-human relationship?
  • How can the speculative be applied to facilitate creative and imaginative processes with students?
  • How can we engage others in the possibilities of the speculative, across different disciplines?

Call for papers

The sessions are open to two types of communications:

  • Long communications: communications that may have an extension between 3,000 and 6,000 words.
  • Notes: communications that may have an extension between 1,000 and 3,000 words, work-in-progress.

All proposals will be evaluated by the scientific committee of the conference based on the relationship with the topics covered, originality and quality. The works will be published on this website and shared with the participants. At the same time, the organization of a Special Issue is planned from the conference.

Paper submission: https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=losposibles23

Key dates

  • Until December 15th: Submission of the paper proposal (summary of a maximum of 200 words in length).
  • December 20th: Communication of the papers evaluation.
  • Until January 10th: Sending of the final paper (format).
  • January 1st-18th: Registration.

Program

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19th
9:00 Reception
9:30 Congress opening
10:00 First keynote

Helen Torres
Sociologist, translator, and educator.

11:00 Break
11:30 First round of papers
13:00 Lunch break
14:30 Work table

Imagining the possibles
Exhibition of students’ work.

15:30 Second keynote

Anna Majó
Designer. EINA, Centre Universitari de Disseny i Art de Barcelona (UAB).

Octavi Rofes
Anthropologist. EINA, Centre Universitari de Disseny i Art de Barcelona (UAB).
16:30 Second round of papers
18:00 End of the first day
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20th
9:30 Third keynote

Fernando Hernandez
Universitat de Barcelona.

10:30 Third round of papers
11:30 Break
12:00 Fourth round of papers
13:00 Lunch break
14:30 Work table
15:30 Workshop

Yuri Tuma dóna Cunha
Instituto de Estudios Postnaturales.

17:00 Sharing of the contributions of the Conference and planning of future meetings.
18:30 End of the conference

 

Header image by Vitaly Otinov

Dates

January 19th and 20th, 2023

Venue

Disseny Hub Barcelona
Pl. de les Glòries Catalanes, 37 – 38, 08018 Barcelona

 

 

 

Organizing committee

  • Laura Malinverni, Esbrina, UB
  • Fernando Hernández, Esbrina, UB
  • Silvia de Riba, Esbrina, UB
  • Cristina Valero, Asociación Cosicosa
  • Xavier Giró, Esbrina, UB
  • Joan Miquel Porquer, UB

Scientific committee

  • Laura Malinverni, Esbrina, UB
  • Fernando Hernández, Esbrina, UB
  • Aurelio Castro, Esbrina, UB
  • Anna Majó, EINA
  • Mikki Schindler, ESDI
  • Marina Ojan, IED
  • Oscar Tomico Plasencia, ELISAVA

With support from

  • Facultad de Bellas Artes de la Universitat de Barcelona
  • Facultad d’Educació de la Universitat de Barcelona
  • Ajuntament de Barcelona.