Power, future and agency

August 24–26, 2020

University of Helsinki, Finland

About the conference

Recent years have intensified a complex conjuncture of global challenges. Daily news explains in clear terms that we are gambling on environmental sustainability, with increasingly small odds on our side. Rapidly advancing datafication and algorithmically organized interactions affect the logics of interaction and opinion formation. Experiences of intersecting inequalities sharpen differences, polarize political debates and create clashing camps both locally and globally. These and other current trends force us to rethink questions of power, governance and authority: in what ways do governments, political parties, social movements and citizens affect the future, and what is the role of science and expertise in the current world? These and related questions will be taken up and discussed in the 8th biennial Power Conference, which will take place at the University of Helsinki, August 24-26, 2020.