Ljubljana, 20 September 2019
Conference Call

Organised by
Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Institute of Slovenian Ethnology, Slovenia
Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, Centre for Research in Social Inequalities and Sustainability, Croatia

The conference examines the meaning and relevance of sustainability in relation to contemporary socio-cultural, economic and environmental issues.

The questions that contributors aim to untangle are:
1) How do people experience and value sustainability as a global trend, personal attitude and survival strategy?
2) How does the lack of a common perspective on sustainability prevent future social and cultural transformations?
3) Can we define sustainability as a dominant concept for universal social development or do we need to transform its meaning and adapt it to new social, cultural, and economic dilemmas?
4) Can sustainable lifestyle and practices, such as recycling, organic food production and responsible energy use, actually improve our health and subjective well-being?

By answering these questions, two more recent developmental models, green economy and degrowth, will be discussed theoretically and analytically. As described by Kallis et al. (2018: 292), economic growth is “an integrated cultural, political, ecological and economic process manifested as an increase in the total market value of all goods and services (GDP)”, and degrowth, as its opposite, “a process of political and social transformation that reduces a society’s throughput while improving the quality of life”. The conference attempts to:
1) evaluate these and other similar terms such as “circular economy”, “steady-state economy”, “post-growth” and “buen vivir”;
2) present them from the viewpoint of the social sciences and humanities;
3) identify new concepts and meanings that could be compatible with contemporary research approaches and useful for academics and practitioners.

Special emphasis will be placed on mobility, energy consumption, waste management, agriculture and gardening, as well as other human activities and practices that have a significant impact on the planet and wellbeing of current and future societies.


Join us in this debate and make it more fruitful! The symposium will feature only invited papers. We kindly ask you to submit your abstract (150–200 words; include title) and a short CV (100 words; include name, surname, institutional affiliation, research interests, address, and e-mail) – both in English. Send the information to Dan Podjed ( and Lana Peternel ( by 31 August 2019.