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CfP 5th Energy and Society Conference

Dear colleagues,

the 5th Energy & Society Conference has been postponed to 10-12 February 2021
due to the pandemic. The call for papers has been re-opened until October 16.
Please find further information below.

Best wishes,

Ana Horta

Fifth Energy and Society Conference
10-12 February 2021

Energy transition: Does the mountain give birth to a mouse?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fifth Energy and Society Conference and
midterm conference of the European Sociological Associations Research Network
12 Environment and Society has been postponed from September 2020 to 10-12
February 2021.

The conference will still take place in Trento, Italy. We believe that
face-to-face meetings are best for facilitating interaction and networking,
and thus we will keep the in-person format of the conference.

In order to improve chances of participation we decided to re-open the call
for papers.
By re-opening the call for papers, we welcome new abstract submissions.

Accepted contributors: For technical reasons we kindly ask you to re-register
and re-submit your abstract. However, you will not go through the selection
process again as you are already eligible. We are sorry for the inconvenience
this may cause you.

We aim to bring together researchers interested in the social dimensions of
energy, to exchange insightful ideas and create opportunities for
collaboration. We invite contributions from across the social sciences and
interdisciplinary research teams working on energy and society issues.

Description and Themes

The theme of the conference calls into question how discourses about energy
transition have been put into practice. As the worlds hunger for energy
still appears to be increasing, the transition to clean sources of energy will
need to be revolutionary, requiring the transformation of forms of social
organization (Davidson and Gross, 2018). And yet, what is actually changing?
And what impacts is the pandemic and its economic effects having on energy

This theme is intended to spark debate and discussion, and with this reflexive
approach and sociological lenses, we encourage the submission of abstracts on
a wide variety of topics including but not limited to the following:

Theories, concepts and methods in social science research on energy and
environmental sociology
Local capacities, responsibilities and strategies in energy governance
Public engagement
Energy governance and policies
Transition strategies: From grid interconnection to sharing and
Justice and vulnerability
Dynamics and patterns of energy consumption and prosumption
Smart meters, smart appliances, smart grids, smart places
Green economy, circular economy
Narratives, discourses, and visions of the future
Energy-water-food nexus
Energy citizenship

In thematic sessions each presenter will have around 20 minutes for
presentation and discussion with peers.

Additionally you can send in abstracts to the following workshops/special
sessions that have been proposed by different authors following a pre- call
for workshop proposals. Interactive workshops are encouraged, thus discussion
should be based on short inputs, and actively involve participants. The full
list of accepted workshops and descriptions of content and format are
available on the conference website.
Abstracts can be submitted to the following workshops/special sessions:

Dominated, ignored and belittled? Gender, justice and women in the
energy transition (Mary Greene, Anne Schiffer)
Tailored participation of different target groups in inter and
transdisciplinary research projects: what for, when and how to design
participation processes? (Rainer Kuhn, Ricarda Schmidt-Scheele, Sarah-Kristina
COMETS Workshop - Collective Action as driver of Social Innovation for
the Energy Transition (Osman Arrobbio, Winston Gilcrease, Dario Padovan,
Alessandro Sciullo, Valeria Jana Schwanitz)
The Changing Landscape: Energy Power, Dependence, and the Grand Energy
Transition in post-Soviet Eurasia (Morena Skalamera)
Implementing energy communities in European countries (Nathalie Ortar
Grgoire Wallenborn)
When technological fix is not enough: industry, professionals and
citizens in the energy transition. (Dario Minervini, Ivano Scotti)
Who is transforming what in electricity transitions: seeking identity
and control in turbulent environments (Gerhard Fuchs)
The heating transition, still on the back burner? (Tineke van der
Schoor, Henny van der Windt)
Constructing, exploring and conceptualising energy democracy from
below (Elisabet Rasch, Michiel Khne)
The Role of Constructing Social Change in Achieving Sustainable Energy
Justice Transition in Europe and the Mediterranean (Carmit Lubanov)
Renewable energy landscapes. Technical knowledge and social innovation
(Bruno Zanon)
Special UERA Smart Cities and Energy Session (UERA Working Group on
Smart Cities and Energy)

For detailed information on the Workshops, see the download section "Fifth E-S
Workshops details", or click

Please check with the organisers of workshops regarding the length of
presentation and indicate the workshop/special session on your abstract.

We also encourage the submission of abstracts for poster presentations. Poster
presenters will be given time in a plenary session for a 3 minutes short
presentation and posters will be displayed throughout the conference.

Confirmed keynote speakers are:

Giorgio Osti University of Padua, Italy
Jason Chilvers University of East Anglia and UK Energy Research
Centre, United Kingdom
Jlia Seixas New University of Lisbon, Portugal

Besides plenary sessions with keynote speakers, thematic sessions, the
workshops/special sessions listed above and posters, the conference will also
include the following interactive workshops:

Energy justice (EJ) as a multidimensional concept the old and new
perspectives for sociological research (Katarzyna Iwiska, Krzysztof
Niedziakowski, Marianna Strzelecka)
How to navigate new waters... Plan and develop your career in the field
of Energy-SSH (Tadeusz Rudek, Aleksandra Wagner, Chris Foulds, Sarah Royston,
Rosie Robison)
Increasing the understanding on the Food-Water-Energy Nexus across
disciplines does participatory modelling help? (Monika Heyder, Pia
Deep decarbonization and wide societal changes identifying and sharing
matters of concern through embodied interaction (Marius Korsnes, Giulia
Sustainable Energy Transition Lab: Integrating geographical, social and
political aspects in future energy models (Diana Ssser, Johan Lilliestam,
Hannes Gaschnig)

Deadlines - Rules - Fees
Important dates

from July 22 till October 16, 2020: Abstracts submission deadline
from October 17 till October 28, 2020: Selection process
October 29, 2020: Authors will be informed whether or not their
abstract is accepted
from October 29 till December 15, 2020: Registration process
from January 4 till February 11, 2021: Payment of the registration fees

The Abstract submission is now open

Link to the Submission

Registration - Fees - Payment

The Registration is closed; it will open on October 29, 2020 after the
Selection process

Members of the Research Network 12 Environment and Society of the European
Sociological Association (who have paid both ESA and RN12 membership due for
the current year) will have reduced conference fees.
Social events include a welcome reception, an optional conference dinner, and
optional excursions to power plants in the region.


Member of ESA RN12 - from January 4 till February 11, 2021 - 80,00
Student and PhD (not enrolled in UniTrento) - from January 4 till
February 11, 2021 - 60,00
Standard fee - from January 4 till February 11, 2021 - 115,00
Enrolled at UniTrento - fees exempted

The registration fee includes:

Participation to the 3-day Conference
Five coffee-breaks (mornings and afternoons)
Three buffet lunches

The registration fee does not include:

Thursday 11, 2021 - Social Dinner (optional)
The Social Dinner takes place at the Prime Rose
restaurant with garden and view
of the Levico
The Social Dinner is not included in the registration fee; you can reserve the
dinner in the Registration form.
The fee is 60,00 per person and it includes:

Transportation Trento-Levico Terme and back
A complete dinner focused on delightful local food
Evening dance with a professional DJ
Time reserved for a pleasant short walk along the Levico Lake before
dinner, if you wish to do so.

Friday 12, 2021 - Power Plants visit (optional)
On Friday 12 there is the opportunity to visit one of the two Power Plants
indicated here below:

Bioenergia Fiemme S.P.A.

Biomass power plant with heating district serving an entire alpine valley
centered on tourism and wood production. An interesting case study of a
renewable energy plant embedded in a local institutional and economic

Centrale idroelettrica di Santa

The most powerful hydroelectric power plant in Trentino. The plant building
was designed in 1953 by architect Giovanni Muzio, the brains behind the
Universita Cattolica and Palazzo della Triennale buildings in Milan, as well
as the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. The spectacular turbine room
of the plant, with a volume of over 150,000 m3, is dug completely out of rock
at a depth of 600 metres.

If interested please choose one of the two; you can reserve your visit in the
Registration form.
The fee is 20,00 per person; it includes transportation and Plant entrance


The fees must be paid starting January 4 till February 11, 2021.
A reminder email with all the needed instructions will be sent to all
registerd participants on January 3, 2021
Note: Presenters must finalize the payment not later than January 29, 2021

Scientific committee

Natalia Magnani, Giorgio Osti, Pia Laborgne, Ana Horta, Aleksandra Wagner,
Alena Bleicher, Sophie Nmoz, Matthias Gross, igdem Adem, Franoise Bartiaux,
Catherine Butler, Lusa Schmidt, Michael Ornetzeder, Maria witkiewicz-Mony


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