We are now holding a 3 day online workshop between the 18th to 20th of May. The workshop will be divided in four thematic sections:
•Deep Transitions in time and space. This section will focus on the theory of Deep Transitions, including both its temporal and spatial dynamics. The questions to be addressed include: what are the ontological underpinnings of the framework, especially the role of rules? How plausible are the theoretical propositions from the perspective of alternative frameworks? What are the notable oversights of the Deep Transitions framework? How can the frame work be improved by integrating insights from other fields?
•The co evolutionary patterns of Deep Transitions. This section will present findings from the study of mass production and digitalization as major rule-sets or meta-regimes that, during the 20th century, have shaped the evolution of a broad array socio–technical. The questions to be addressed include: how do the empirical findings match the expected patterns of the Deep Transitions framework? How do these developments relate to the sustainability concerns central to the Second Deep Transition? What is the distinctive contribution of the Deep Transitions based approach to diagnosing the present and the possible futures of production, digitalization and sustainability?
•Mechanisms and critical junctures of Deep Transitions. This panel will present findings on the role of transnational organizations and wars in shaping the evolution of regimes and the connections between regimes. The questions to be addressed include: how have World Wars I and II shaped the directionality of energy, mobility and food systems? What is the role of the European Union in promoting and standardizing the notion of circular economy? What are the prospects for achieving the Second Deep Transition while avoiding large-scale violent conflicts?
•Deep Transitions methodology. This section will focus on discussing the methodological strategies and techniques suitable for the study of epochal systemic change. The questions strategies and techniques suitable for the study of epochal systemic change. The questions to be addressed into be addressed include: what are the appropriate research strategies for Big Theories of change? On one hand, how can we go beyond overly general approaches such as “reasoned history” or “appreciative theorizing”? On the other hand, how can we avoid the slippery history” or “appreciative theorizing”? On the other hand, how can we avoid the slippery slope of “slope of “methodological rigour” leading us gradually away from the overall framework to increasingly narrower topics? What are the options for combining theoretical scope with increasingly narrower topics? What are the options for combining theoretical scope with methodological rigour?
The workshop is intended to provide critical space for discussion, including the future development of the Deep Transitions framework as well as possibilities for cross disciplinary collaboration.