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4th International Conference 

Social and Solidarity Economy and the Commons 

Beyond the “Decarbonization Consensus”: The Ethics and Practices of Sympoiesis

Call for Contributions


We would like to inform you that the deadline for submitting contributions to the 4th International Conference on Social Solidarity and the Commons CEI-Iscte Lisbon was extended until 1st June.

The conference will take place from the 13th to 15th of November 2024 at the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (Iscte) in Lisbon, Portugal.  The key submission guidelines are listed  here and the full call is available here.

This year’s theme is “Beyond the “Decarbonization Consensus”: The Ethics and Practices of Sympoiesis”. The full Call for Contribution description is here.

Simpoetic systems are introduced by Donna Haraway (2016) and proposes ‘making-with’, a way of conceiving ‘sym’ [together/connected] and ‘poesis’ [making/doing]. The concept refers to collective, collaborative and symbiotic forms of world-making that involve both human and non-human entities. Simpoetic systems are complex networks of relationships and interactions between different organisms, technologies, environments and more, all co-creating and co-evolving within dynamic assemblages.

The confirmed keynote speakers for the 4th edition are:

  • Lara Monticelli  – Assistant Professor,  Ph.D.  at the Department of Business Humanities and Law at Copenhagen Business School CBS  (bio | profile |publications)

  • Jonas Egmose  – Associate Professor, Ph.D. and Head of the Ph.D. Program in Society, Space and Technology at the Department of People and Technology at Roskilde University (profile |publications)

  • Breno Bringel – Professor of Political Sociology at the ISPS University of Rio de Janeiro (IESP-UERJ) and Senior Fellow at  University Complutense de Madrid, Ph.D. (profile |publications)

  • Sigrid Stagl – Professor of Environmental Economics & Policy at WU, the Vienna University of Economics and Business, founder of the Institute for Ecological Economics, Ph.D.  (bio | profile | publications)

  • Rune Hjarnø Rasmussen – Ph.D., historian of religion, focused on developments in contemporary anthropology and cultural knowledge for environmental activism & sustainability awareness; author of the Nordic Animism project  (bio |Nordic Animism project |publications)

  • Beatriz Arruda  –  Research group leader of CASA Brasil Network, which is part of the Council for Sustainable Settlements in Latin America (CASA Latina) and the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN). Board Member of the International Communal Studies Association (ICSA) (bio |publications)

  • Álvaro Fonseca – Co-founder and representative member of Degrowth Network Portugal, activist, writer, Ph.D. (Degrowth Portugal |writing blog)

  • Filipa Pimentel – Co-Lead Link at Transition Network, Transition Trainer, Prosocial Facilitator, Transition & Micélio Portugal activist, writer (TN bio | Micélio Portugal |writings)

The call is open to researchers, activists, public officials and social entrepreneurs involved in community-led-initiatives (CLIs), social and solidarity economy, governance of the commons, Permaculture especially in its social and ethical dimension, and new social movements (e.g. NGOs, non-profit organisations, networks, activist movements) in different parts of the world.  For this edition, SSE is accepting paper abstracts (research papers or experience reports by practitioners or activists), session panels and/or book proposals on topics relevant to the two conference themes.

Please feel free to share this Call within your academic and non-academic networks, organizations and activists. We appreciate your support.