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CfP First North-South Conference on Degrowth, Mexico City


The 2018 First North-South Conference on Degrowth, Mexico City will be a forum to present the latest in thought and practice of degrowth in the world and put it in dialogue with the context of the countries of the global North and South countries in the twenty-first century.

To this goal, the Conference will be organized around a number of topics that reflect its international context (see Thematic axes) and degrowth issues which were highlighted and left open in the 2016 Budapest conference (see Cross-cutting axis), issues that represent challenges or predicaments that need to be addressed by decroissance, decrescita, decrecimiento, postwachstum, degrowth, descrecimiento movements and other close to them. Subthemes have been established for the most part by the experience of previous conferences.

Individual presentations

Individual presentations are conventional presentations of research findings, written by one or more researchers, or philosophical or historical reflections about the basic premises that support technology, economic, political and sociological science, written by one or more philosophers or historians. Only one co-author of the paper may present it. Speakers address an issue of their interest, for instance, a Subtheme or a Cross-cutting axis, linking it to a thematic axis. (There is one axis for every day of the Conference).

Approved individual papers will be classified and grouped according their thematic closeness and will be included in the Conference Program, in the parallel sessions: four presentations in each one; sessions will last in two hours. Each paper must be presented in no more than 15 minutes in order to allow time for other papers and questions from attendees.

To submit an individual presentation it is essential to mention the following data:

  • Addressed thematic axis.
  • Subtheme (indicated or not in the list) or Cross-cutting axis or the personal issue of interest tackled in the presentation.
  • Title of the presentation.
  • Name of the speaker and coauthors, if they exist. Only one coauthor may present the paper.
  • Summary of the presentation in up to 1,700 characters with spaces.

The registration platform for individual presentations is open. Deadline for submissions of individual presentations is February 15, 2018. Selection of the submitted presentations will be informed thereof within 40 days after the deadline for submissions. For your information, the registration platform will include a presentation form here.

Special Sessions

Round tables or panel sessions dedicated to address a key theme/issue for the global North and South countries or an extraordinary, emblematic or inspiring case of degrowth-descrecimiento. Speakers deal with this key theme/issue from different perspectives, linking it with a thematic axis (There is one axis for each day of the Conference).

The Conference will offer the following two formats for special sessions:

  1. Special academic sessions: open to researchers that self-organize to present a Proposal of a Special Academic Session that includes the participation of four speakers that have similar concerns or report related research in order to discuss a key theme/issue. To present or submit this kind of Proposal it is essential to mention the following data.
    • Addressed thematic axis.
    • Tackled key theme/issue.
    • Title of the Session.
    • Titles of the four presentations. These titles must have a close relation with the title of the Session.
    • Name of the Coordinator responsible of the Session.
    • Names and nationalities of the speakers (at least three of them from different nationalities).
    • Summary of the central ideas that will be presented in up to 1,700 characters with spaces.
    • Needed support to get the agreement of some international speakers, if you require it, secretarial support might help coordinators to find speakers from other countries and moderators.

  2. Degrowth in Action Special Sessions: A limited number of spaces will be reserved for special sessions that combine theoretical and research presentations with thematic presentations of practice. These special sessions will deliberately combine research and practice in order to transcend academic enclosures and allow a dialogue that connects the knowledge generated in degrowth thinking and the interventions in the environmental and social tissues that correspond to this knowledge. Four speakers are required to qualify. To present or submit this kind of Proposal it is essential to mention the following data:
    • Addressed thematic axis.
    • Tackled key theme/issue.
    • Title of the Session.
    • Titles of the four presentations. These titles must have a close relation with the title and issues of the Session.
    • Name of the Coordinator of the Session.
    • Names and nationalities of the speakers ( two of them from different nationalities).
    • Summary of the central ideas that will be presented in up to 1,700 characters with spaces.
    • Needed support to get the agreement of some international speakers, if you require it, secretarial support might help coordinators to find speakers from other countries and moderators.

Special parallel sessions will have a maximum duration of two hours. Papers should be presented in 15 minutes in order to allow time for other papers and questions from attendees.

The Registration platform is open. Deadline for submitting of special sessions is February 15, 2018. Selection of the submitted proposals will be informed thereof within 40 days after the deadline for submitting.

For your information, the registration platform will include a presentation form here.