Economic futures in the public sphere

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


Following up on recent sociological attention to how futures are imagined and how views of the future influence economic and political action, this mini-conference aims to create an interdisciplinary dialog on time horizons presumed or articulated by theorists, professionals, activists, journalists, politicians and others in their public claims-making about economic issues.
Questions to be examined include (but are not limited to):
*How are assumptions about the future embedded in public economic debates?
*Do assumptions about time horizons of knowledge influence public debate?
*How do historical narratives influence views of the future in economic action?
*How do policy narratives vary according to the time horizon of outcomes?
*How are ethical principles embedded in assumptions about time horizons?
*What debates are generated by differing time horizons, and views of the future?
About the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE): Established in 1989, SASE owes its remarkable success to the determination to provide a platform for creative research addressing important social problems. Throughout its three decades, SASE has encouraged and hosted rigorous work of any methodological or theoretical bent from around the world based on the principle that innovative research emerges from paying attention to wider context and connecting knowledge developed in different fields. SASE is committed to diverse membership and lively intellectual debates and encourages panels that include or are likely to include a diverse group of participants. This conference will also be an occasion to celebrate SASE’s 30th anniversary.
Period29 Jun 2019
Event titleThe 31st International Annual Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE): "Fathomless Futures: Algorithmic and Imagined"
Event typeConference
LocationNew York, United States, New YorkShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • public economic debate
  • imagined futures
  • public sphere
  • political action
  • public claims
  • discourse analysis
  • economic policy
  • historical narratives
  • economic action
  • future
  • views of the future
  • policy narratives
  • ethical principles