Partner Research Centers
The present is confused, the future very uncertain, we know very little about one another, about what we have in common and what is different between us, but can be acted upon in order to change it. And certainly one of the least spectacular ways of doing this, not necessarily grabbing the headlines but nonetheless effective and, above all, fundamental, is through research, or rather through the use of the various research methods and protocols and the production of theory.
The importance that we attach to this activity at the Gulbenkian Foundation is well known. Nonetheless, it is always insufficient, and always urgent, despite its paradoxically being an activity that requires a lot of time, progressing slowly and depending on a series of attempts, successes and failures, followed by yet more attempts, and always being based on discussion, most of the time taking place between peers, with its own appropriate languages and its own pre-determined timetables.
In this Gulbenkian Programme, a substantial part is devoted to the production of theory and to its subsequent dissemination in various formats.Thus, throughout the period during which it will be held, Next Future will organise workshops, meetings and debates between peers, with a self-contained and less public format.
These will take place far from the debating arenas for which the researchers from the excellent
research centres that have joined in this project will produce theory based on their own particular avenues of research, transferred to the pre-defined platform that constitutes the timetable established for this project.
These researchers will be joined by other international researchers, who will also contribute with their problems and working hypotheses that, later, after being validated by their peers, will be published on specific supports. Besides this more discreet work (nonetheless produced in perfect cooperation with other more publicly visible
efforts), cycles of lectures, conferences and master classes will be held, with themes and participants to be announced at a later date. And the work that is done will only make sense when part of this theory that has been produced can be disseminated in diffuse circles to other researchers, to anonymous, but interested audiences, and to students of the Next Future.
Participating research centres