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CfP: 5th International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity

CfP: 5th International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity

Themes of the conference

The upcoming 5th International Degrowth Conference: Walking the meaningful great transformations? will be a forum to present the latest in global degrowth thought and practice and bring it into dialogue with the specific context of Central and Eastern Europe of the 21st century.

In this respect, the conference will be organised around several themes, which reflect the context of the conference and the open issues of the degrowth movement that were highlighted at the preceding conference in Leipzig. The themes represent issues and challenges which the degrowth movement needs to address. More about thethemes and their descriptions can be found here. Each submitter must select a theme, considered to be the most representative of the work they wish to present.

Following the choice of the specific theme, each submitter is asked to select one of the subcategories that best marks the topic of the presentation. The subcategories were selected from the experience of previous conferences, as well as the expectations of the researchers.

Calls for papers and special sessions

The conference will offer the following variety of formats:

      1. Special sessions                  

a. Academic special sessions: Researchers are encouraged to group their work into special sessions of 3-4 paper presentations reflecting similar concerns, or reporting on joint or related research outputs. Special session proposals will describe the topic of the session in up to 1700 characters with spaces and indicate a minimum of 3 presenters and titles of their presentations. These should follow closely what the overall session topic description outlines.

b. Degrowth-in-action special sessions: A limited number of places will be reserved specifically for special sessions which combine theoretical and research presentations with thematically related presentations from practice. These special sessions will deliberately combine research and practice to overcome academic enclosures and allow dialogue connecting knowledge generated in degrowth thinking and interventions into environmental and social fabrics which correspond to this knowledge. Whilst the overall format and the leading presentations in these sessions are expected to adhere to minimal standards of academic communication, they can include other forms of presentation illustrative of the practices they are presenting.

The call for special sessions will be open soon. The submission deadline will be 31 December 2015. The submission platform will follow this submission form. Within a couple of weeks the platform for submission will open, but you are welcome to start preparing your submissions now.

To ensure a high level of quality of conference inputs and debates, the organisers will, with the support of reviewers, make a selection of sessions and papers best suited to showcase the latest research findings and degrowth thinking under thematic description of the conference. The review process will run from 1 – 31 January 2016. The submissions will be rated according to each of the criteria below on a scale from 1-5: does not satisfy the criterion at all (1) to perfectly satisfies the criterion (5):
– thematic relevance,
– quality,
– clarity of presentation,
– originality,
– disciplinary confluence, and
– regional contextualisation.
All special session submissions will be further assessed by overall coherence of overall topic and presentations contained within it. All degrowth in action special sessions will be additionally assessed by the balance of research and practice presentations contained therein.

    2. Individual papers/presentations

Individual papers are standard presentations of research findings, authored by one or more researchers. Only one coauthor per accepted presentation should register as the lead presenter to present at the conference. Call for individual papers will open on the 15th of January and close  on 29th of February 2016.

If you have any questions or you need help with the submissions, please feel free to contact us:


Other calls

After the calls for special sessions and papers, we will announce and open the calls for other activities, which will be happening during the conference and the degrowth week (networking, practical activities, cultural and creative workshops and performances, open discussions etc… and of course convivial parties). Also the stream towards Budapest announces upcoming events, leading to the Budapest conference.

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