Energy controversies and technology conflicts 
Aleksandra Lis (Adam Mickiewicz University)
Piotr Stankiewicz (Nicolaus Copernicus University)
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Sustainability in transition
C. Humanisticum AB 1.09
Wednesday 17 September, 10:30-12:15, 14:00-15:45, 16:00-17:45, Thursday 18 September, 9:30-11:15, 11:30-13:15 (UTC+0)

Long Abstract:

Developments in energy sector have been for decades source of intensive social controversies. Beginning from nuclear energy development, over CO2 emissions to shale gas exploration - all of the them have often ended in open conflicts. In the last years the topic has become even more important as the climate change debate and disastrous accidents in Fukushima resulted in deepened debates on energy futures of Europe. An important part of the debates are controversies around particular energy solutions and technologies, as well as social conflicts. They can take various forms, from local protests against given investments (eg. facility siting) to global social movements and massive demonstrations.

This various sides of energy developments have become an interesting topic for STS analysis which we want to draw upon in the sessions. We are looking for both empirical and theoretical presentations concerned with these controversial aspects of energy developments and their conflict potential. Of special interests are works with clear relevance to social practice, such as from the field of conflict management, public communication and technology governance. Comparisons with conventional technology conflicts such as conflicts over biotechnology or nanotechnology are welcome as well.

Especially we would like to encourage young researchers from Eastern and Central Europe to present their findings as the session has an important networking purpose as well.

The papers will be presented in the order shown and grouped 4-3-3-4-4 between sessions

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