Staying with Speculation calls for researchers and practitioners from any field, in which speculation is an operative concept, tool, method or other element of research practice. This will be the inauguration of SpecHub, a research group housed in the Institute for Social Futures, Lancaster. The symposium will allow sharing of experiences and uses of speculation, as well as a writing retreat to build and plan collaborations. The output of this will be a special issue of Global Discourse Journal.


The aim is to examine the implications and applications of the approach in terms of dealing with core ethical, methodological and practical issues that we face in an era of volatile unpredictability. This is essential since, although there is discussions of speculation in design, sociological and philosophical literatures, exchange between researchers and practitioners is still quite rare – a phenomenon demonstrated by the lack of a coherent, shared vocabulary of and on the approach.


Issues examined:

  • The ethical and political questions regarding the deployment of speculation both within and beyond academic contexts
  • The implication of speculation on disciplinary boundaries
  • On whose behalf does research practices speculate? In what ways can speculation be both an inclusive and exclusionary practice?
  • The potential for speculative practices to address global challenges such as climate change, urban futures and political practices in the wake of Brexit



For expressions of interest or more information please contact Luke Moffat: by 1st May 2018.

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