Energy and Environmental Justice: A Multidisciplinary Workshop @ Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona 21-22 October 2019
Invitation for papers that explore the justice implications of energy systems, energy infrastructures and energy cultures/practices. The workshop will gather contributions studying inequalities in how energy is produced, distributed and consumed around the world. We are particularly interested in work that engages with environmental justice (EJ) scholarship and activism; resistance and social movements; ethnographic methods; and critical EJ perspectives. A core goal is to develop new strategies for identifying and counteracting energy- and climate-related injustices.
The expansion and modification of energy systems are inextricably linked to justice concerns and climate change. Much ‘energy justice’ literature, however, glosses over its relation with EJ research and practice. As such, critical insights are missed for studying energy issues in relation to systemic marginalisation, the uneven socioecological impacts of different modes of production, and disparities in the recognition of diverse voices and livelihoods. Re-centering EJ scholarship and activism within multidisciplinary energy research, this workshop is an opportunity to collaboratively develop critical approaches to energy and environmental justice. We encourage submissions that explore decolonial, emancipatory, or transformative approaches to energy and justice; political ontology and pluriverse thinking; transition design and praxis; and diverse community responses to imposed social and environmental change. Recognising the importance of direct action, particularly around sites of resource extraction and extractivism, we also invite work on collective action strategies and issues of autonomy, intersectionality, and responsibility.
The workshop will host 15 participants across 5 panel sessions, public lectures from two keynote speakers, and a closing plenary to discuss future research strategies and collaborations. The goal is to publish an edited volume with a leading press featuring a selection of workshop contributions. Extended abstracts will be pre-circulated to participants three weeks before the workshop.
Interested participants should send an abstract (300 words) and a short bio (100 words) with contact details to event conveners, Tristan Partridge (Tristan.Partridge@uab.cat) and Sofía Avila (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 1 July 2019. Participants will be notified of acceptance by 9 July 2019. There may be limited funding available to support travel and accommodation costs for some participants; please let us know if you would like to apply for this support. We also hope to support participation via videoconference for those unable or unwilling to fly.