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Recrutement - post-doc

Histoire transnationale, science politique, sociologie ou STS
Date limite 15 mai 2015
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FUTUREPOL - A Political History of the Future: Knowledge Production and Future Governance 1945-2010 -, funded by the European Research Council (ERC) through a Starting Investigator Grant awarded to Sciences Po researcher Jenny Andersson, seeks to recruit a postdoctoral researcher.

FUTUREPOL traces attempts to govern the future from the immediate post war period until the present, and is an interdisciplinary project between history, political science and science studies.

FUTUREPOL is in its final stage and is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher on a one year contract, in transnational history, political science, sociology or science and technology studies (STS).

Job profile

The researcher will work in the Centre d’études européennes (CEE) at Sciences Po, part take in project activities including seminars, workshops and conferences as well as develop individual research in the area of interest for Futurepol: for instance, the history of prediction and foresight, global scenario making, anticipatory practices and futures.


To develop individual postdoctoral research, aiming, of at least one high level research article by the end of the contract.

Qualifications/Skills required

  • PhD finished and defended by September 1st 2015
  • Ability to write academic English
  • High level of scientific independence and originality including an interest in Futurepol research
  • Special competence in one or several of the following, the history of science or STS-studies, political science or sociology, international relations or transnational history, political history


  • Full time fixed-term contract for 12 months (starting on September 1st, 2015)
  • Possibility to teach at Sciences Po

Recruitment procedure

A complete CV including a full list of publications, a research plan, and a letter specifying the interest of the candidate in the project should be sent before May 15, 2015. The decision will be made no later than June 15th, 2015.

Applications should be sent to jenny.andersson@sciencespo.fr

To know more about the project: /futurepol/en/content/research

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Publication - Governing the Future

Science, policy and public participation in the construction of the long term in the Netherlands and Sweden
Jenny Andersson (avec Anne-Greet Keizer)
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Jenny Andersson publie avec Anne-Greet Keizer dans le dernier numéro History and Technology un article comparant les expériences suédoises et nééerlandaises dans la mise en place d'institutions dédiées au long terme au cours des années 1970.

Citation: Jenny Andersson, Anne-Greet Keizer, Governing the future: science, policy and public participation in the construction of the long term in the Netherlands and Sweden, History and Technology, 2014, Vol. 30, iss. 1-2, p. 104-122.

L'article est accessible sur le site de l'éditeur ici


This paper is a historical study of two institutions devoted to the problem of the future – the Dutch WRR (the Scientific Council for Government) and the Swedish Secretariat for Futures Studies – both created in 1972. While there is a growing interest in the social sciences for prediction, future imaginaries and the governance of risk, few studies have examined historically the integration of the category of the ‘future’ or the ‘long term’ in political systems in the postwar years, a period in which this category took on specific meaning and importance. We suggest that governing the long-term posed fundamental problems to particular societal models of expertise, decision-making and public participation. We argue that the scientific and political claim to govern the future was fundamentally contested, and that social struggle around the role and content of predictive expertise determined how the long term was incorporated into different systems of knowledge production and policy-making.

Découvrez les autres publications de Futurepol sur la page des publications du projet.




The Political Life of Prediction
Jenny Andersson et Egle Rindzeviciute
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ANDERSSON, Jenny and RINDZEVICIUTE, Egle. "The political life of prediction. The future as a space of scientific world governance in the Cold War". Cahiers européens de Sciences Po, 04/2012.

Abstract: This working paper explores the role of the future as a space of scientific exchange and dialogue in the Cold War period. We argue that in East and West the governance of the future were understood as both intellectual and technical problem that, importantly, challenged existing notions of the nature of liberal democratic and communist olitical regimes. Casting the future as a governable sphere led to the development of new forms of scientific governance which sought explicitly to depoliticize the future and turn it into a new transnational domain of technocratic politics. The paper focuses on the parallels and exchanges among American and Soviet futurologists. East-West collaboration was essential to the invention of the future as a governable technoscientific space, situated beyond political dispute. 

Les Cahiers européens sont disponibles sur le site du Centre d'études européennes: http://www.cee.sciences-po.fr/fr/publications/les-cahiers-europeens/2012.html

Découvrez les autres publications du projet en cliquant ici


Nouvelle publication

The Power of Systems
How Policy Sciences Opened Up the Cold War World
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Rindzeviciute, Egle. 2016. The Power of Systems: How Policy Sciences Opened Up the Cold War World. Cornell University Press.

Voir http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/?GCOI=80140100343480

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