Details about registration, deadlines and fees

Registration for the midterm conference is open.

Deadline for registration will be June 20th.

Fees are :

  • 90 Euros (NOK 900) for members and 110 (NOK 1100) for non-members
  • 70 Euros (NOK 700) for students members and 90 Euros for non-member students
  • 35 Euros (NOK 350) for conference dinner

Please contact us if you due to the war in Ukraine cannot pay the conference fee.

Abstract deadline has been extended to 28th February 2022

The call for the RN05 midterm 2020 conference, launched in late Autumn 2019, began with the phrase “May you live in interesting times!” Certainly the disruption that followed only a few months after was beyond the expectations of most citizens. For those not working on the front-lines of the pandemic, life was confined to the home, and with a projectivity towards immediate futures. Over the months following local lockdown measures, the global pandemic made visible how consumption, at least for a very short while, could diminish: consumers could make do with less, work less and consume less, while at the same time save more, engaging in more local and perhaps even more sustainable forms of consumption. Now, at the delicate threshold of “normalcy”, we wonder, what different futures are being imagined, how do alternative futures shape current practices, and who has control over what futures are enacted? Will a Great Resignation of consumption take place (as hypothesized in the realm of work and employment) and lead us towards more sustainable and just futures?

The theme of consumption, justice and futures takes as a starting point the issue of what it means to live and consume well in future societies. A just  future would need to grapple not only with constrained resource and climate crisis adaptation, but also with social justice in the face of rising uncertainty and inequalities. Working on futures is no simple nor straightforward terrain. Futures can be utopic or dystopic, represent a single or multiple (and competing) visions, and emerge from deliberative processes or be dictated and imposed. Futures can present different understandings of agency, human and technological narrations, and materialities. Sociology of consumption is an interesting space for reflecting on futures and justice, in relation to a number of themes: from the role of technological platforms and the sharing economy in energy futures, to that of prosumers or citizen-consumers, engaged in prefigurative movement politics or cultural practices, towards shaping future-oriented politics and practices. 

Who is included or excluded from such dynamics is also central. Our ever more three-dimensional physical, digital, and hybrid reality imposes interpretative paradigms for evaluating developments towards transitions. These include political and procedural issues of how people come to be involved in decision-making processes, issues in relation to the distribution of and access to resources, (economic, social or cultural) barriers to engagement and justice through recognition. Questions of (in)justice are mobilised explicitly or implicitly in daily social relations and dynamics of consumption. 

At the upcoming midterm conference, we hope to stimulate reflections on a series of questions of relevance for considering consumption transitions and futures, including, but not limited to: how might consumption dynamics today hold opportunities for social change in the future? how do future imaginaries shape present day dynamics? how can the study of consumption futures be approached methodologically? how can we grapple with the normative and political dimensions of imagining futures, including the aims of sufficiency, prosperity, democracy, inclusion and participation (to name a few)? We thus invite submissions that address sociological theorizing in and around societal and political struggles on these debates.

Abstract submission

We invite the submission of abstracts for individual papers, organized paper sessions, lightning talks, roundtables and working sessions. All submitted abstracts should address various aspects of the sociology of consumption. More detailed information about the themes and types of submissions can be found below.

The abstract submission platform will be open in early January: https://uni.oslomet.no/sociology-of-consumption-2022/abstract-submission/

Abstract deadline has been extended to 28th February 2022 

A special event for early career researchers will be organised prior to the conference. A specific call for contributions is available here: https://uni.oslomet.no/sociology-of-consumption-2022/early-career-colloquium/

ESA RN5 – Midterm Conference, Oslo Metropolitan University (31. August – 3. September 2022)


Research Network of Sociology of Consumption
European Sociological Association
Midterm Conference

Consumption Research Norway (SIFO) at OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University hosts the Midterm Conference 31. August – 3. September 2022


Abstract submission

The abstract deadline is February 13, 2022. Submission via ConfTool will be available in early January.


RN5 organizing committee: Marlyne.Sahakian@unige.ch;  ondrej.spacek@fhs.cuni.cz;  A.Leguina@lboro.ac.ukpg.degliesposti@unibo.it;laamanen@em-lyon.com  senja.laakso@helsinki.fimichael@eshcc.eur.nl; siljs@oslomet.no; tullia.jack@gmail.com; gabriella.wulff@handels.gu.se; mary.greene@wur.nl