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Message posted on 20/01/2023

Call for Abstracts: Panel on 'Rethinking the good green economy' // Nordic STS, Oslo, June 7-9

Dear colleagues,

If you are working with the green transition and especially its economical and moral aspects, our panel at the Nordic STS conference in Oslo (June 7-9, 2023) may be of interest to you:

/// Rethinking the good green economy \\

Panel organizers: Julia Kirch Kirkegaard, Daniel Nordstrand Frantzen, and Sophie Nyborg, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

In this session we depart from the notion of the good economy (Asdal et al., 2021) as an analytical tool for exploring how economies are reconfigured into striving for common goods beyond profit. We suggest that the green transition and its associated economies is an emblematic case of 'good economies' where ambitions for profits and the common good of climate mitigation are fused. This 'good green economy' spurs a number of issues that STS researchers should engage with. As renewable energy infrastructure projects are framed as being 'good' because they are 'green' - solving collective concerns over climate change (Frankel et al. 2019) - opposition that challenges the 'goodness' of such projects often become recognized as unreasonable NIMBYism (Not-in-MyBackyard) (Aitken, 2010; Papazu, 2017). Through this moral nexus of being good for profit and planet, the use of land for solar and wind tend to trump other land uses (Howe & Boyer, 2015; Rudolph & Kirkegaard, 2019) and discredit alternative community-based ownership structures (Kirkegaard et al. 2019) that attempt to propose other versions of a good economy. Thus, the good economy of the green transition comes with a specific set of morals that links energy production to economic growth and hence hampers calls for degrowth rather than ecological modernization (Daggett, 2019; Dunlap, 2021). This session brings together energy researchers in STS who strive to examine how the good of the green transition is constructed and deviced (Muniesa et al. 2007; Doganova and Karne 2015), tracing its socio-material consequences. By drawing attention to the moral aspects of the green transition we may explore the justifications (Boltanski & Thvenot, 2006) and devices (Muniesa et al. 2007; Doganova and Karne 2015) that help to maintain or create the conditions for criticizing the good green economy. We invite paper presentations that theoretically or empirically engages with un-blackboxing 'the good green economy' e.g. through:

  • analyzing the systems, discourses and valuation devices that sustain the good green economy
  • attending to critiques and controversies of the good green economy
  • following alternative pathways to the green transition

Deadline for submission of abstracts (max 250 words) is March 1st. For more info visit the conference website: /2023/nordic-sts/

Best, Daniel Nordstrand Frantzen

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