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Special sessions

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 should be addressed by decroissance, decrescita, decrecimiento, postwachstum, degrowth movements and others close to them. Subthemes have been established for the most part by the experience of previous degrowth conferences.

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 submission platform is open. Deadline for submission of special sessions is March 31, 2018. There will be no extensions. Selection of the submitted proposals will be informed thereof within 40 days after the deadline of submission.

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

Approval of proposals

In order to ensure a high level of quality of the lectures and debates of the conference, the organizing committee, with the support of the reviewers, will make a selection of the proposals for special sessions that best display the latest discoveries of the academic research and Degrowth in Action under the thematic description of the conference. Proposals will be classified according to each of the following criteria):

  • Thematic relevance
  • Quality
  • Clarity of presentation
  • Originality
  • Disciplinary confluence
  • Regional contextualization

Evaluation scale is 1-5:

  • 1 - does not satisfy the criterion at all
  • 5 Perfectly satisfies criterion

All proposals of the special sessions will be further evaluated for overall consistency with the session theme and the presentations contained therein. All special sessions of Degrowth in action will be evaluated additionally by the balance of the research presentations and practices contained in them.

Remember that you can register for the Conference before submission of papers or proposals to secure your participation, because quotas are reduced.

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If you have any questions or need help for your presentations do not hesitate to contact us support@degrowth.descrecimiento.org

Other Calls

After the calls for special sessions and individual presentations, we will announce and open other calls for other activities that will take place within the Conference and the Degrowth Week (networking, practical activities, workshops, cultural and creative performances, open discussions, etc.) If you have any questions or would like to inform us about your events, do not hesitate to contact us: support@degrowth.descrecimiento.org

Support for Special Session Proposals

February 2018

The Special Sessions are of great importance to the achievement of the Conferences' targets: discussion of the alternative options that fulfil degrowth-descrecimiento requirements* to deal with conflicts or predicaments that destroy the cultures and the commons.

The Secretarial Support offers the following supports for Special Sessions Proposals:

  1. Contact potential speakers from other countries interested in the subject.
  2. Dissemination of invitations sent by the coordinators of the special sessions.
  3. Providing Mexican contacts related to the subject.
  4. Providing information on decroissance 8 Rs.
  5. Providing suggestions of issues that are of great importance for the Conference.
  6. Additional information and support by email support@degrowth.descrecimiento.org

* The 8 Rs: Revaluation, Reconceptualization, Restructuring, Redistribution, Relocation, Reduction, Reuse and Recycling.



Last update: February 20th, 2018

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