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Origins, Lives and Afterlives of Energy Transitions in the Global South


Call for Papers

Theme: Origins, Lives and Afterlives of Energy Transitions in the Global South
Type: International Workshop
Institution: Eindhoven University of Technology
Location: Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Date: 23.–24.1.2020
Deadline: 15.8.2019



In the last decade, a range of social scientific and philosophical
work has emerged on energy transitions in the global South. There are
three gaps in this literature. First, much of the literature is
concerned with transitions on the level of (inter)national energy
systems, while there is less attention for the political and ethical
consequences these transitions would have on people’s everyday lived
experiences. Second, the literature falls short of interrogating the
unintended consequences of (rapidly) ramping up energy transitions
and therefore only now has begun to capture issues like energy
poverty, democracy, justice and waste. Third, most work on energy
transitions has engaged with a limited number of theoretical
approaches such as transition studies, political economy, practice
theory or governmentality studies.

This workshop considers energy transitions in a broad empirical and
conceptual sense. Our aim is twofold: expanding the empirical and
conceptual investigations of energy transitions by considering a
number of less investigated issues, and expanding the range of
theoretical approaches through which to study and understand energy
transitions. We are looking for theoretical and empirical
contributions addressing the origins, lives and afterlives of energy
transitions that deal with (but are not limited to):

- Relevant but less explored theoretical frameworks like
postcolonialism, critical development studies, assemblage theory,
capability theory, etc. (for example: Castán Broto et al., 2018). 

- Political visions and value judgements embedded in energy
technology/system design, ethical questions that project/product
designs raise (for example: Balls and Fischer, 2019; Cross, 2019b;
Höffken, 2016; Pols, 2017)

- Socio-cultural aspects (gender, class, caste) of energy access,
poverty, justice, citizenship and community (for example: Kumar,
2018, 2019; Ockwell et al., 2018)

- Humanitarian capitalism, social entrepreneurship, energy markets
and financing of projects and individuals (for example: Balls, 2016;
Cross, 2019a)

- Various issues of upscaling designs, projects and ideas (for
example: Kirshner et al., 2019; Turner, 2019)

- The agency and vibrancy of devices like solar lanterns and smart
meters (for example: Cross, 2013)

- Maintenance and endurance of energy transition initiatives (for
example: Kumar et al., 2019)

- Issues of impact measurement and assessment

- Socio-cultural impacts of failed projects

- Issues of material waste from solar panels, extraction and
industrial production

- Global networks and material flows of energy transitions

We aim for about 30 participants for the workshop with about 15 paper
presentations. 

If you wish to present a paper, please send a 500 word abstract to
a.kumar@tue.nl by 15 August 2019. If you would like to participate in
the discussions without presenting a paper, please send an email with
your details and explaining your interest in the workshop to
a.kumar@tue.nl by 15 August 2019.

We will inform the selected participants by 30 August 2019.

Those selected for paper presentations are expected to submit a 3000
word paper by 30 November for discussion in the workshop.

Routledge has expressed keen interest in publishing an edited volume
from this workshop. Selected abstracts will form part of the full book
proposal. 

Funding

We have limited funds for travels for junior researchers and
participants from the global South whose papers have been accepted
for a presentation. Please mention your funding needs along with your
abstract submission. We are also working to make remote participation
possible to make the workshop more inclusive.

This workshop marks the end of a four-year project, titled
‘Developing and Implementing Smart Grids in India’. Project no.
313-99-307, which is funded under the Responsible Innovation (MVI)
programme of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
(NWO). More information on this project can be found on:
https://indiasmartgrids.com