Call for Papers and Session Proposals: 2nd Aalto Event on Science and Technology Studies: Energy in Society

This is to inform you that the Helsinki Institute of Science and Technology Studies (HIST), the Aalto University School of Economics, and the Finnish Society for Science and Technology Studies will organize the 2nd Aalto Event on Science and Technology Studies at the Aalto University School of Economics, in Helsinki, Finland, on 5-6 November 2012. The keynote speakers are Professor Simon Marvin (Durham University, UK), Associate Professor Harald Rohracher (University of Klagenfurt, Austria), Research Director Per Mickwitz (Finnish Environment Institute, Finland), and Dr. Tuula Teräväinen (University of Helsinki, Finland).

The Aalto Event gathers researchers interested in the relation between social issues and science and technology. The particular theme of this year’s event is energy in society. During the last decades, national energy systems and energy policies have been challenged in a number of ways with rampant consequences. Societies are shifting into lean, energy efficient, and low-carbon economies, while international energy markets have expanded and new essentially political forms of representation on energy services and energy consumption have emerged.

At the same time, energy policies and the relevant business practices continue to be shaped by the existing base of investments and infrastructures. Such path-dependencies and their effects are indeed easily underestimated by the current hype with future energy scenarios.

With these issues in mind, the event welcomes papers that deal with for example:

  • Path-dependency and path-making in energy systems.
  • Energy policy and social actors in fields of energy provisioning.
  • Expertise, reputation, and other sources of social power related to energy systems.
  • Expansion of electricity markets and their regulation.
  • Conceptualizations of energy security and risks.
  • Energy consumption and energy services in everyday life.

You are also most welcome to propose your own session on topical themes of science and technology. Please send the proposal as a PDF or Word attachment to no later than 15 June 2012. Financial assistance may be available to those session conveners who travel in Finland from outside Helsinki.

Presentation abstracts of maximum 500 words should be sent as a PDF or Word attachment to by 15 June 2012. The acceptance notification date is 1 August 2012.

All participants with an accepted abstract are invited to submit a full paper to the sessions. Selected papers will be considered to a special issue on energy of the interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal Science Studies.

The event’s scientific committee is: Raimo Lovio (Aalto University), Hannu Hänninen (Aalto University), Mikko Jalas (Aalto University), Antti Silvast (University of Helsinki), and Juha Tuunainen (University of Helsinki).

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