It has become increasingly clear that we live in a complex turmoil of global challenges and intertwined crises. Global geopolitical divisions have sharpened from proxy conflicts to an all out war in Europe. Past years of pandemic lockdowns have underscored the vulnerability of interdependent societies. Economic futures are blurred and unpredictable. The world is consciously gambling on environmental sustainability, with odds against us. Meanwhile, rapidly advancing datafication and algorithmically driven information flows reshape the logics of social interaction, practices of legacy institutions, and opinion formation. Intersecting inequalities polarize political debates and create clashing camps both locally and globally. This conjuncture demands us to rethink questions of power, governance, authority and agency. In what ways do governments, corporations, political parties, social movements, and citizens shape the future? What do we know about the dynamics of these trends? How can scholarship make sense of them? What does the future look like?
These questions will be discussed in the 8th Power Conference, which will take place at the University of Helsinki, November 24-26, 2022.
The three intensive days will include keynote talks by:
Several streams of paper sessions will provide participants a chance to present their work and engage in intensive discussions with colleagues. We invite scholars from all fields of inquiry to propose presentations of themes such as (but not restricted to)
We invite abstracts for presentations and special thematic sessions (max 300 words) beginning from July 10, 2022. The organizing committee will assess the submissions on a running basis. We will send notifications for acceptance within three weeks of reception.
The final deadline for submissions is EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 15th.
Submit your abstract here: https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/118691/lomake.html
Registration fees: Standard €200; graduate students €100.
Power Conference 2022 is organized by University of Helsinki and the Society for the Study of Power Relations.