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Call For Papers in Futures Journal on “Futures Literacy; character, capabilities and significance”

Call For Papers in Futures Journal on “Futures Literacy; character, capabilities and significance”

 

Open for submissions February 2020

Closing date for submissions June 30th 2020

 

Description

 

This special issue of Futures Journal invites papers that contribute knowledge to develop the idea of ‘Futures Literacy’ and its significance for the futures of humanity.

 

Literacy is a powerful human capability, a tool of freedom. Literacy is much more than simply learning to read and write a language, but involves deep meaning and fluency. Literacy is emancipatory, enabling people to make sense of information, to comprehend, to interpret, to create, to relate. Literacy implies a level of mastery of knowledge through language, bringing power to shape identity and purpose. Literacy is a requisite for human flourishing and grows through human flourishing.

 

The challenge to current conceptions of literacy is whether the plethora of ‘literacies’ (technical literacy, information literacy, medical literacy and etc.), however indispensable, are sufficient to prepare for and to improve the future of humanity. In particular, whether such ‘literacies’ enable fluency in situations of uncertainty, complexity and accelerating expansion of knowledge and practices that characterise present times.

 

What is the nature of such literal fluency in relation to being in everyday life? What does Futures Literacy mean in relation to forward looking activities in personal and social life and in professional spheres, such as innovation, strategy development and policy-making?

 

See the full call: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/futures/call-for-papers/futures-literacy-character-capabilities-and-significance

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