The next Beyond Oil conference will be held in Bergen, Oct 25-27, 2017.
Society is inevitably moving beyond oil. The direction that this transformation will take is still highly uncertain. Transformations to societies beyond oil involve deliberate choices that lead to different outcomes with regards to power, justice, inequality and human-nature relations. A task for social scientists is to analyze the structures of inertia and capacities for change in current societies, and highlight the multiple futures that these make possible.
As research moves from studying problems to proposing pathways and solutions, we therefore need to critically interrogate the particular solutions that are proposed and how they relate to the futures we wish to mobilize. As academics, we also need to consider our own role in transformations – whether as catalysts, participants, critics, or knowledge producers. We welcome researchers from a variety of research fields connected to the topics above.
WEDNESDAY 25 OCT
Keynotes panel: Mobilizing alternative futures of rapid transition
Kevin Anderson and Josefin Wangel
Panel 1: Inertia and Instability of Energy Governance
Panel 2: Thinking Post-Oil: Conceptualizing Alternatives
Panel 3: Politicising Climate and Energy Transformations
Panel 4: Critical Innovation: Methods and Design for Initiating Change
Conference dinner and panel debate at IMPACT HUB: Social innovation for transformation
THURSDAY 26 OCT
Plenary session, Keynote: Ranjit Bharvikar
Panel 5: Just transformations? The Role of Resistance and Community Mobilization
Panel 6: Capacities for Change: Understanding Citizens and Local Contexts
Plenary session. Keynote: Miranda Schreurs
Panel 7: Potential and Constraints in Energy System Innovation
Panel 8: Pathways to Energy Transition
We are planning an open/public program on Friday Oct 27 – stay tuned.
See the detailed program here.
Oct 25–27, 2017 in Bergen, Norway
Litteraturhuset in Bergen, Østre Skostredet 5-7