SASE 2017 - Mini-Conférence "Politics of the Future, Policies in the Present"

veuillez trouver ci-dessous l'appel à communication pour une Mini-Conférence, intitulée "Politics of the Future, Policies in the Present".
Cette Mini-Conférence fait partie du prochain congrès de la SASE, qui aura lieu a Lyon, du 29 juin au 1er juillet 2017
Vous trouverez ici les consignes pour proposer une communication:
L'appel à communication est ouvert jusqu'au 3 février 2017
N'hésitez pas à me contacter si vous avez des questions,
Bien cordialement
Vincent Cardon (avec Antoine Bernard de Raymond et Olivier Pilmis)
Politics of the Future, Policies in the Present
In recent years, socio-economists have studied social actors’ ability to shape representations of the future convincing enough to enable present actions when uncertainty prevails. Economic regulation and policy-making also rely on a definition of what a desirable future is and is constantly threatened by unexpected situations. The aim of this mini-conference is to bring together researchers examining the construction of knowledge and ignorance regarding the future in economic activities and regulation. We will particularly welcome contributions that address the following thematic strands (although contributions exploring other related questions will be considered):
The technologies of future-related regulation. Present anticipations of the future involve a set of tools and calculative technologies, most of them relying on expertise and making use of specific data and inputs. These techniques not only differ in the way they process “data” but also in the construction of the economic reality they engage. They also depend on the category of actors (institutions, NGOs, firms, individuals, pressure groups etc.) who produces and/or makes use of them. The development of future-knowing (or -guessing) for regulation emphasizes connections between socio-economics and science and technology studies, and leads to an interrogation on the social conditions according to which expertise is regarded as reliable.
From planning to preparedness: knowledge of the future and governmentality. Anticipating the future is in tight relation with forms of government. For instance, while central planning drew on the assumption that the future was predictable, new forms of regulation are based on the hypothesis of the occurrence of unlikely events (e.g. worst-case scenario). This shift questions the appropriate form of economic regulation and projection, conceivably leading to technological or cognitive disruptions. Yet, the assumption of a close relationship between “central planning” and linear modelling on the one hand, and “neoliberal era” and preparedness one the other hand, may be challenged, in order to shed light on more complex socio-historical configurations.
The temporal orientation of regulation. The regulation of economies requires dealing with the future in the present. Future-guessing widely relies on the knowledge of the present. Yet, the way future economic orientations are designed affects the implementation of regulation in the present. Socio-technical devices cannot be understood without reference to the specific objective of economic regulation, to its temporal order (e.g., shorter- or longer-run). Investigating the relationship between projections about the future and action in the present also requires studying how these projections and calculations are translated into actual and present promises, decisions and guidelines, especially once a crisis occurred.