CFP: Connecting with a low-carbon future – the challenges for the arts and humanities”

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CFP: Connecting with a low-carbon future – the challenges for the arts and humanities”
Conference on “Connecting with a low-carbon future – the challenges for the
arts and humanities

Where: University of Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom

When: 19 and 20 April 2017

Contact us:

Overview and main themes
This conference is part of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Network in
the Arts and Humanities “Connecting with a low-carbon Scotland”, and is hosted
by the University of Stirling Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy.

The conference will discuss key issues in the transition to low-carbon
societies. The dominant disciplines in the field so far have been the STEM
subjects and social sciences such as economics and psychology. But there is
growing recognition that moving successfully towards a low-carbon future
requires fundamental social and cultural change. In this context, arts and
humanities disciplines have distinctive and potentially powerful contributions
to make. Working together, they can develop understanding of the key socio-
cultural influences which affect public perceptions of the challenges involved
in moving to a low-carbon future, and of how to connect with them more

The conference therefore has panels for literature and theatre; law and
politics; visual arts and media; and history and philosophy. The challenges to
be discussed include, but are not limited to:

·       identifying barriers to achieving low-carbon transitions, and how they
can be addressed;
·       achieving ethically just low-carbon transitions; and
·       understanding and influencing political power.

In addition, drawing on the work of the Royal Society of Edinburgh network and
the conference panels, there will be the opportunity to contribute to the
development of interdisciplinary narratives across the arts and humanities in
a roundtable discussion.

Keynote speakers
We have three distinguished keynote speakers, who are experts in their own
fields, interdisciplinary scholars, and members of the Royal Society of
Edinburgh network:
Professor Elizabeth Bomberg, Professor of Environmental Politics, University
of Edinburgh;
Professor Colin Reid, Professor of Environmental Law, University of Dundee;
Professor Janet Stewart, Professor in Visual Culture, University of Durham.

Presenting a paper
If you would like to present a paper, please send a short abstract of up to
250 words to by 24 March 2017. It is possible that
conference presentations may be published in an edited monograph collection of
essays of 6000 – 8000 words. If you are interested in this, please contact
Professor Gavin Little at

Charges, options and registration
Full conference: £70
First day option: £35
Second day option: £35
Concession (PhD Students): £25 (£12.50 per day)
Conference dinner (19 April – please note that numbers are limited, so book
early): £25 (not including drinks)

We have a fund which can refund some or all charges and travel expenses for
PhD students and conference speakers. For details on how to claim please


Accommodation: please note that accommodation is not provided as part of the
conference fee. There are, however, hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs close to the
University campus in Bridge of Allan, Stirling and Dunblane. For contact and
booking details, see:

Provisional programme
19th April
09.30 -11.00 – Registration (Tea, coffee and biscuits provided from 10.30 –
11.15 – 12.30 – Keynote speaker – Professor Janet Stewart.
12.30 -13.30 – Buffet lunch.
13.30 – 15.30 – First panel sessions for:
– Law and Politics;
– Philosophy and History;
– Literature and Theatre;
– Visual arts and Media.
(There will be four 30 minute presentation/discussion sessions per panel.)
15.30 – 16.00 – Tea, coffee and biscuits in break out space.
16.00 – 17.15 – Keynote speaker – Professor Colin Reid.
18.00 – Drinks reception followed by conference dinner (19.30 at Bologna
Restaurant, Bridge of Allan).

20th April
09.30 – 11.00  – Second panel sessions for:
– Law and Politics;
– Philosophy and History;
– Literature and Theatre;
– Visual arts and Media.
(There will be three 30 minute presentation/discussion sessions per panel.)
11.00 – 11.30 – tea, coffee and biscuits.
11.30 – 12.45 – Keynote speaker – Professor Elizabeth Bomberg.
13.00 – 14.00 – Buffet lunch.
14.00 – 15.15 – Roundtable discussion on developing humanities-based
interdisciplinary perspectives on low-carbon transition (Convenor Professor
Gavin Little, University of Stirling).
15.15 – Conference end.

Things to see in Stirling
If you are able to spend some time in Stirling, Scotland’s former capital and
newest city, there are a number of wonderful visitor attractions to see, such
as Stirling Castle, the National Wallace Monument, Stirling’s medieval Old
Town, the Battle of Bannockburn Experience, the Church of the Holy Rude,
Dunblane Cathedral and Doune Castle (which featured in Monty Python and the
Holy Grail and, more recently, the TV series Outlander and Game of Thrones).
All are within a short journey of the University campus. Stirling is the
gateway to the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, an area of
outstanding natural beauty. The centres of Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland’s
largest cities, are less than an hour away by train.
For more information see:

How to get to Stirling University main campus