As the United States recalibrates its global position as an economic, military, and political actor in the twenty–first century, it is an opportune time to interrogate the various speculative practices that are seen to have jeopardized or destabilized futures worldwide. While the conversations about such matters as national security, financial speculation, and ecological and technological catastrophe have been largely the purview of policy analysts and governmental agencies, we propose an interdisciplinary approach to questions of risk and uncertainty that engages with imaginative and open-ended forms of speculation in fiction, videogames, art, and film. To this end, we seek to bring together public intellectuals, scholars, media practitioners, and artists — in addition to technical experts, analysts, policymakers — so as to mobilize critical speculation on the spectrum of possible futures.
What role do risk calculations play in confronting growing uncertainties? What security measures forecast “futures” in the face of radical uncertainty? Are such measures adequate, threatening, and⁄or necessary? What speculative practices might be put into play to imagine futures differently?