Future-forming interdisciplinary research

Graphic Futures


Graphic futures was a project in collaborative authorship based at the Institute for Social Futures 2017-18. This page offers an archive of the practices, workshops and events that made up the project.

Team members: Liz Brewster (Medical School), Andy Darby (Computing & Communications), Catherine Easton (Law), Erika Fülöp (Languages & Cultures), Charlie Gere (Contemporary Arts), Tajinder Hayer (Creative Writing), Joe Deville (Sociology /Management School), Astrid Nordin (Politics), Richard Tutton (Sociology), Johnny Unger (Linguistics)


Locating Creation: Visualising Origins, Creative Practices, and Futures

Graphic Futures: Interim Report

Across October and November 2017, the Graphic Futures project team has been working with Benoît Peeters and Claire Dean to explore ways of imagining different futures, based on our present world. We took inspiration from Les Portes du Possible, an initiative by Benoît Peeters and Francois Schuiten in 2005 to reintroduce drawings to Belgian newspapers by reporting on imaginary everyday future scenarios. They fooled a few people! We’ve been following this lead, trying out automatic writing, line drawing, cutting, gluing and sticking to take a few creative hurdles along the way. Read more here…


Credit Ines Gregori Labarta

Graphic Futures: New Methods in Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration 

10 May 2018, FASS MR 1&3

This workshop offers a space to present, debate, re-design, and re-think interdisciplinary research. It takes as its model the preliminary findings and creative outputs from the ISF’s six-month project, ‘Graphic Futures’, which explored how techniques from graphic fiction could be applied to futures thinking across a broad range of disciplines. But it also does much more than this. Over the course of the day, you will hear from the project designers and project team (drawn from staff at all career stages across campus), meet with creative practitioners, cultural commissioners, scientific advisors and inveterate interdisciplinary researchers, and present and develop your own ideas for future projects. If you don’t have any ideas when you come, you will by the time you leave!

For more information click here.

Claire Dean also established the Graphic Futures ‘padlet’ – where you can also get involved!


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