We invite paper proposals for an academic conference on perceptions of energy security.
With the Ukrainian Russian crisis, shale gas revolution in the U.S. and destabilization in the Middle East, concerns about energy security reentered political and expert discussion on energy. The newly identified sources of threat to the stability of energy supplies ask for new measures of counteraction. The recent 'Energy Union' proposal is one example, but there are other projects, like Energiewende, shale gas exploration, LNG negotiations or investments in nuclear which are today publically discussed in relation to energy security. Certainly, we can observe a shift in debates on energy, whereby climate change and economic efficiency cease to be the dominant points of reference, at least in Europe, and energy security becomes dominant.
In order to better understand what energy security means today, how it functions in political and policy debates, what kind of policy shifts it brings about and how we can study these changes, we invite contributions from scholars of various backgrounds: international relations, political science, sociology, science-technology-society (STS), policy and legal studies. We warmly welcome case studies with theoretical and methodological contributions which address European and non-European energy politics. So far, we have identified four main themes which may organize our conference discussion:
1. How do energy resources become strategic?
2. Political domination versus autarchy in energy politics
3. Perceptions of EU energy policy
theory in the energy studies
This conference comes as a final step of the research project "Towards a common European energy policy? Energy security debates in Poland and Germany", which is financially supported by the German-Polish Science Foundation (grant DPWS, Nr. 2014-15). The conference will give us an opportunity to discuss results of our study which covers five cases: gas pipelines, nuclear energy, renewable energy, electricity grid interconnectors and shale gas.
Please submit abstracts of 400 words to the following e-mail address Aleksandra Ola by November 30th, 2015. We will notify you about acceptance to the conference by December 20th, 2015. The conference will take place on May 19th, 2016 at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan in Poland. We offer reimbursement of travel costs upon request (around 200 Euros) and accommodation for two nights in the housing facilities of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (May 18-20th, 2016).
Organizing institutions: Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (Poland), Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen (Germany), Jacobs University Bremen (Germany), Environmental Studies and Policy Research Institute in Wroclaw (Poland), University of Oslo (Norway).