We live in a complex turmoil of intertwined threats. Geopolitical tensions have led to a war in Europe. Pandemic lockdowns have underscored the vulnerability and inequalities of societies. Opaque algorithmics drive information flows that reshape social interaction, institutional practices, and democratic opinion formation. Economic predictions are volatile. Ecological futures look bleak.

The 8th international Power Conference invites scholars from all disciplines to an intensive three-day event to think together about this conjuncture. What do we know about the dynamics of these trends? How should scholarship rethink questions of power, governance, authority and agency? How are governments, corporations, political parties, social movements, and citizens shaping the future?