This will be the theme of the European Network for Sociology of Consumption conference, which will take place at SIFO, OsloMet, from August 31 to September 2. The Sociology of Consumption Network is the largest sub-group of the European Sociological Association (ESA), and the host SIFO is the largest non-commercial consumption research institute in Europe.
The path to a just and sustainable future
The conference will cover a variety of topics, including future predictions and how consumers today are influencing the future of consumption. The question of what it means to live and consume well in future societies serves as the starting point for the notion of responsible and just consumption.
«What will the future hold, considering that we just went through a covid crisis and that we currently are in the midst of a war in Europe? The ability of consumers to meet their fundamental needs will be significantly influenced by this”, says SIFO research manager and conference coordinator Silje Skuland.
The conference's contributions will cover a range of topics, including sustainability, COVID-19, gender, food, digitalization, inequality, and lifestyle.
Honour and awe
The research network, of which SIFO has been a part since the late 1980s, has significantly influenced the growth of global consumer research.
“It has been incredibly beneficial for SIFO as a source of theoretical and methodological advancement as well as for collaboration on projects and publications”, says SIFO director Eivind Jacobsen.
“The last time the network visited Norway, in the early 1990s, we were able to fit everyone in a couple of maxi taxis. This time we have the honour of welcoming and introducing a total of 140 research colleagues from all over Europe. We feel a little in awe of the task, but with OsloMet’s campus and resources as a framework, we are more than ready to welcome them”, he says.
Launching a new journal
A brand-new journal will be launched at the conference. Consumption and Society is peer-reviewed and published by Bristol University Press (bristoluniversitypressdigital.com).
“A publication devoted to consumption research has long been a goal of SIFO. With this publication, we have succeeded in achieving this goal even on a global scale.”, says head of research Arne Dulsrud, who is a member of the journal's advisory board.
The conference will be officially opened on Wednesday, August 31, by Christen Krogh, the rector of OsloMet. On the same day, there will be an opening lecture by the French sociologist Sophie Dubuisson-Quellier: Why do we consume so much? Exploring the lock-ins of affluent consumption.
Daniel Welch will give the final lecture of the conference, titled Social Futures and the Sociology of Consumption. Welch serves as one of the journal's editors.
The European Sociological Association Research Network 5 Sociology of Consumption Midterm Conference is organized by the Consumption Research Norway (SIFO) at OsloMet from 31 August to 2 September 2022.
The conference has been entitled Consumption, justice and futures: Where do we go from here? (uni.oslomet.no).