MUSTS Colloquium with prof. Elke Seefried (RWTH Aachen University) on June 22

Elke Seefried (RWTH Aachen University)

Wednesday June 22, 15:30-17:00

This event will take place in hybrid form.

If you would like to attend as non-MUSTS member, please register by sending an email to: j{dot}bruyninckx{at}maastrichtuniversity{dot}nl

Planning the World Future:

The Club of Rome and the Transformation of Futures Studies

Elke Seefried (RWTH Aachen University)



In 1972, the Club of Rome report “The Limits to Growth” stimulated an international discourse on the future of the Earth. What is more, with the “Limits to Growth” debate, futures studies shifted its perspective from a technology-driven slant towards a human-centred and global one, and the Club’s planning approach was itself transformed by the critical debate on technocratic World modelling and the so-called North-South divide. The talk presents the early history of the Club of Rome, also explaining why the Club’s history can help to open up new perspectives on futures studies and planning conceptions for which the 1970s seem to be a key watershed.