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CfP: 5th Energy and Society Conference, 8-10 September 2020, Trento, Italy

Fifth Energy and Society Conference
8-10 September 2020

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

Description and Themes

The Fifth Energy and Society Conference and midterm conference of the European
Sociological Associations Research Network 12 Environment and Society will
take place in Trento, Italy, from 8th to 10th September 2020. 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.

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?

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 presumption
Smart meters, smart appliances, smart grids, smart places
Green economy, circular economy
Narratives, discourses, and visions of the future
Energy-water-food nexus

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
COMET 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.

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 Iwinska, Krzysztof
Niedzialkowski, 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)

Call for Papers - Fees


Authors cannot present more than one paper (however, one can be
co-author of other papers). Abstracts must be submitted in English.
All abstracts submitted should include 150-200 words, plus authors,
affiliations, and email addresses.

Please submit your abstracts by completing the Call for Paper


January 31, 2020: Abstracts submission deadline
February 29, 2020: End of the selection process
March 1, 2020: Authors will be informed whether or not their abstract
is accepted
From March 1 till August 3, 2020: Conference registration and payment
fee process

Fee scheme for the Conference registration, starting March 1, 2020

Social events include a welcome reception, an optional conference dinner, and
excursions to power plants in the region.
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.

Member of ESA RN12 - from March 1 to August 3, 2020 - 80,00
Student and PhD - from March 1 to August 3, 2020 - 60,00
Standard early-bird fee - from March 1 to June 30, 2020 - 100,00
Standard late fee - from July 1 to August 3, 2020 -

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 Swiatkiewicz-Mosny


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