TECHNOLOGIES AND INNOVATION BETWEEN SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGES

This session aims to collect contributions that address – from different disciplinary, theoretical, methodological and empirical perspectives – the relationship between technology and innovation on the one hand, and the social and environmental changes on the other. Global environmental change poses several challenges pertaining the relationship between human societies and natural environments. These challenges require a transformation and reorganization of social systems as a whole, involving far-reaching changes along several dimensions at different scales, interacting and (potentially) co-evolving together: technology, materials, individual, socio-cultural, economic, institutional and political. In front of these challenges, the social sciences can (and are called to) offer a significant contribution to support the transition toward sustainable and resilient societies, and provide knowledge capable of understanding how to encourage radical changes, build the necessary capacity for transformations and removing related obstacles.

On the other side, this session aims to stress the relationship between the media and technological innovation processes with the widest spectrum of social changes. Society and technologies are linked by a co-evolving relationship, requiring to think about how technologies are embedded in the everyday uses by social actors, and the relationships built by them. These technologies are not intended as mere tools that can optimize our everyday life, but rather as places of experience, allowing us to inhabit environments that constitute a testing ground, and representing complex places hosting conflicts, negotiations and contradictions, namely challenges for social sciences.

In selecting the contributions, contributions based on interdisciplinary approaches or those adopting multiple levels of analysis are particularly welcomed.

Starting from the framework outlined above, we invite theoretical and empirical contributions capable of reflect and problematize the following issues (this list has not to be considered as exhaustive and binding):

  • Socio-political acceptance of new/controversial technologies and infrastructures (eg. low-carbon and renewable energy technologies and infrastructures).

  • Perception, understanding and communication of environmental risks and challenges.

  • Mitigation and adaptation to climate change: socio-technical systems’ transformation (ie. water, energy, food and mobility), sustainability transitions and multi-scalar approaches to environmental management.

  • Factors influencing the adoption of pro-environmental behaviours and the experience of technology users.

  • (re)Interpreting the meanings and uses of everyday technologies.

  • Online interactions: changes in online communication and relationships.

  • The contradictions of the web: between the pluralization of information and risks associated of being online.

  • Online participation: rethinking the democratic culture and the politics of new media.

Submission and guidelines

The abstract, maximum 700 words (excluding bibliography), can be written in either Italian or English and must be sent by 12th  April 2017 via online form.

The result of the evaluation will be notified via mail to the authors by 26th April 2017.

Please note that for participation in the conference you need to sign up filling in the form which will be on the conference’s website since 30th April 2017 and up to 25th May 2017. For organizational reasons, we invite applicants to register by the deadline. Up to two contributions can be assessed if they referred to two different sessions. The Scientific Committee, in order to ensure the widest possible participation, reserves the right to propose other form of presentation instead of oral contributions.

 

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