Mês: Outubro 2014

Contemporary Societies Faced with Energy Transitions

Conference Announcement: Contemporary Societies Faced with Energy Transitions

The Second International Days of the Sociology of Energy wich will take place from July 1st to July 3rd, 2015. They are organized by the UMR CNRS CITERES and the CETU ETICS of the François-Rabelais University (Tours), supported by the CR 16, 23 et 32 of the AISLF (Association Internationale des Sociologues de Langue Française), the RT1 de l’AFS (Association Française de Sociologie), and by the INSIS (Institut National des Sciences de l’Ingénierie et des Systèmes) and the Cellule Énergie du CNRS. This conference aims to bring together researchers in the social sciences whose work contributes to advancing social phenomena related to energy, whether they are sociologists working on this topic from their particular disciplinary perspective, or researchers who use the approaches and/or methodologies of sociology in order to study specifically the energy object, or even professionals who question the social aspect of energy through a reflective process. The conference will also offer an opportunity to young researchers and PhD candidates, who are invited to present their research, either on-going or completed.

The angle proposed in order to regroup these contributions is that of the process of socio-energetic changes at work today, designated for several years in the public debate as “energy transition”. In the context of this conference, we prefer to use the plural to insist on the diversity of conceptions of this change, or even the conflictual nature of a process which brings together numerous categories of actors, of contexts, of markets and multiple issues. It is a question, on the one hand, of illuminating the way in which contemporary societies at every level (daily, organizational and in policies) by forced changes in energy issues, and on the other hand, how the practice and the mobilization of the actors question and create alternatives to projects of energy transition such as they are conceived by the deciders.

Sociological research has set in place high expectations given the impasses coming from an exclusively technico-economic vision of the reasons for change. Beyond the purely scientific objective of the conference, there is also the question of exposing the themes and the research results to those asking social questions about the relative knowledge of the social issues of energy. The intention is to create a meeting place for researchers and actors, in order to promote a fertile discussion about the scientific questions and the dilemmas of action.

This call for papers is open to researchers, PhD candidates, teachers/ researchers, as well as to those who are operational and institutional actors. Oral presentations can be made in either French or English (simultaneous translation will be provided).
Propositions should not be longer than one page (3000 signs, including spaces).

All propositions must mention in the following order:
Last name and first name of the presenter or presenters, as well as the institution of origin (University, company, etc.).
The title of the paper
5 key words
The subject or subjects and how they are linked
A summary of the paper
A short biography (if possible with reference to one or two other publications)

We request authors to use Arial 12 point (single spaced) and to furnish the text in two different formats, one being Microsoft Word, the other PDF, both being named using the family name of the 1st author.
A French version and an English version must be furnished
Propositions must be sent before November 15th, 2014 to: jise@univ-tours.fr
Authors will be informed of the decision of the scientific committee in the second half of December 2014.

In order to better prepare the round tables and the workshops, the authors chosen must send the text of their presentation before May 31st 2015.

All presentations will be recorded or filmed and may be broadcast on the website of the JISE 2015.

Publication in the form of a printed work is planned at the end of the JISE 2015. The modality of contribution submissions, in the form or articles, will be detailed shortly. Propositions for publication, in the form of a summary (or the completed article) must arrive before January 10th, 2015 with a response by the scientific committee mid-April 2015, completed articles must arrive before June 15, 2015 in order to be taken into consideration.

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