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Friday, May 13 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Eventuality: Imagining a Future for the Humanities Through Collaborative Storytelling

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Eventuality is a narrative foresight engine; a way of crafting a collective story that draws out preconceived biases about the ‘default future’ and illuminates the ways that events, things that may happen, are connected, through the lives of fictional characters. Storytelling can be a useful tool for creating scenarios and gaining insight into futures. Narrative is an accessible form that can be used to engage imaginative capacities, flesh out vital details, illuminate surprising connections, and make the scenario seem more realistic and credible by “worlding the world” of the future. Eventuality is a system designed to help a group move through key questions efficiently in a way that resolves major disputes.

The goal of this Eventuality exercise is to imagine a future for the humanities in a neoliberal university, to draw out and critique what conference attendees believe will happen in their discipline, and to create a consistent and believable story that participants can use as a touchstone for resistance to further cuts in humanities education and research. Participants will be asked to imagine future humanities professors, students, administrators, and citizens, and key events in which a humanistic understanding makes a positive difference in the world and the university.

The end result will be a narrative that illuminates problems facing the humanities today and in the near future, and hopefully demolishes some cliches, as well as a participation in a novel technique for rapidly prototyping stories, which may be used as skeletons for further writing, raw material for thematic analysis, or an introduction to discussing the multiplicity of events and interpretation.


Friday May 13, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
COOR L1-18 975 S Myrtle Ave Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 85281
  • Session Location COOR L1-18

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