liu.seSearch for publications in DiVA
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • oxford
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Accounting the Future: An Ethnography of the European Spallation Source
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The thesis investigates the social processes involved in the practices of futuring. It addresses the question of how social practices contribute to the production and maintenance of robust versions of the future. It asks how best we should study futurity, including expectations, imaginations, promises and visions. Existing research tells us rather little about how ordinary practices render the future as a particular, publicly available and accountable presence or absence. In what ways do people achieve situated performances of certainty about the future? The thesis addresses these questions by drawing upon recent theoretical themes in Science and Technology Studies (STS), notably accountability relations and mundane practices in science and technology. The empirical focus of the thesis is an extended ethnographic study of the European Spallation Source (ESS) – a major neutron-based science research facility currently under construction in Lund, Sweden. The methods used are a combination of participant observation, interviews, documentary analysis, and ethnomethodologically inflected textual analysis. The thesis reports findings in relation to each of four aspects of ESS work: 1) the textual practices rendering the future of the ESS in local newspaper coverage; 2) documentary analysis of a 2014/2015 Call for ESS Instrument Proposals; 3) observations from visits to ESS and participation in staged “future walks” and 4) the mundane laboratory practices of measuring thickness in an ESS Detector Coatings Workshop in Linköping. The results of these empirical analyses are used to argue for the importance of generating and sustaining accountability relations in futuring practices, for understanding how the future is imagined and made to come about. The thesis concludes that looking at practices in this way has political implications – among other things, it allows to see how agency and capability-to-affect the future is distributed, built, eroded and attributed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2019. , p. 195
Series
Linköping Studies in Arts and Sciences, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 771
Keywords [en]
Accountability relations, future, futuring practices, community performance
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Work Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-157086DOI: 10.3384/diss.diva-157086ISBN: 9789176850596 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-157086DiVA, id: diva2:1318384
Public defence
2019-05-29, VAL, hus Vallfarten, Campus Valla, Linköping, 13:15 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2019-05-27 Created: 2019-05-27 Last updated: 2019-07-29Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

Accounting the Future: An Ethnography of the European Spallation Source(2481 kB)98 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 2481 kBChecksum SHA-512
abccec0d8fbf2f1ed7c7cc7afcd133b8638bc7a75a5c176b26c33df24a63ebaea0d5c153664a5031039f9094dd89cdc118b2ab35825e64d2d2c5043bd6820799
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf
Order online >>

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Dimitrievski, Ivanche
By organisation
Technology and Social ChangeFaculty of Arts and Sciences
Social Sciences InterdisciplinaryWork Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 98 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

doi
isbn
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
isbn
urn-nbn
Total: 265 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • oxford
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf