Introduction to the Symposium on Complexity, Narrative, Participation, and Images of the Future

by Wendy L. Schultz


On June 17, 2010, I received an email from Prof. M. Attila Öner, Chairman of the Management Application and Research Center of Yeditepe University in Istanbul, calling for paper and panel submissions for the 2011 Yeditepe International Research Conference on Foresight (YIRCOF ’11). In the email Prof. Öner noted,

A review of journals in the field(s) of Foresight and Futures Studies pointed to a tension in the relationship between Foresight and Futures theory and practice. Whether to treat “Foresight Studies” and “Futures Studies” as two different fields, or to treat them as one field and write “Foresight and Futures Studies” would probably be a matter of debate among the researchers. Some even doubt whether a field of futures studies – or whatever one chooses to call it – even exists.
I invite you to join us at YIRCOF ’11 to discuss and communicate on challenging issues related to theory building in Foresight and Futures Studies.(continue…)

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