Beyond Oil 2017: Mobilizing alternative futures
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.
The conference is hosted by SpaceLab and the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation
See the detailed program here. To register for the conference, click here (closed after 16 Oct). There is no conference fee.
TUESDAY 24 OCT
16.00-17.30 - Registration and welcome mingle at CET
WEDNESDAY 25 OCT
Keynotes panel: Alternative futures in times of rapid transition – Kevin Anderson and Josefin Wangel
Parallel session 1
Panel 1: Inertia and Instability of Energy Governance
Panel 2: Thinking Post-Oil: Conceptualizing Alternatives
Parallel session 2
Panel 3: Politicising Climate and Energy Transformations
Panel 4: Critical Innovation: Methods and Design for Initiating Change
17.15 – Oil Run! A narrated walk through Bergen in and beyond oil
Conference dinner at IMPACT HUB: Social innovation for transformation
THURSDAY 26 OCT
Plenary session, Keynote: Title tba – Miranda Schreurs
Parallel session 3
Panel 5: Just transformations? The Role of Resistance and Community Mobilization
Panel 6: Capacities for Change: Understanding Citizens and Local Contexts
Plenary session. Keynote: Energy transitions in practice: the work of the Regulatory Assistance Project – Ranjit Bharvikar
Parallel session 4
Panel 7: Potential and Constraints in Energy System Innovation
Panel 8: Pathways to Energy Transition
Plenary dialougue: Concluding reflections – moving beyond “Beyond Oil”
FRIDAY 27 OCT
Opening ceremony for Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation in Bergen and reception
Venue: Media City Bergen