POWERING THE PLANET
The fifth edition of the annual symposium “Why the World Needs Anthropologists” explores how energy professionals and anthropologists can cooperate to design and deploy energy innovations that alter the world for the better.
DAY 1, Saturday, 28 October 2017 (location: The Calman Learing Centre, Durham University)
The event will be officially opened by Sandra Bell, Maggie Bosanquest, and convenors of EASA Applied Anthropology Network.
ENERGY FUTURES: PEOPLE, PLACE AND GENERATION
What does the rapidly accelerating roll out of new low carbon power generation mean for local communities and society more widely? What are the implications for society as we decarbonise our energy system to tackle climate change – and what role could social scientists play?
SOPHIE BOULY DE LESDAIN
CAN ANTHROPOLOGY CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOLAR ENERGY?
Energy technologies and policies backing solar panels are often based on utopias fueled by positive public opinion towards green energies. In her presentation, Sophie Bouly de Lesdain shows how anthropology, overcoming stereotypes, provides insight into the issues involved in the installation of Photovoltaic by the locals.
DELAYING OR ENHANCING SOLUTIONS TO THE ENERGY DILEMMA?
In the search for solutions to the energy dilemma – provision of modern energy for all and sustainable production and consumption – what role could or should be played by anthropologists? In this presentation Winther draws on her experiences to reflect on the relationship between the open and contextualized type of knowledge we produce as anthropologists and the normative realm of policies.
EMPOWERING INFRASTRUCTURES: WATER, STEEL AND STONE
Water infrastructure brings together some very ‘powerful’ materials: water, steel and stone which, through their particular properties, co-construct the relationships we have with them. This paper aims to provide some insights into the ‘power of materials’.
The discussion will focus on the development of new sustainable solutions for energy production and consumption. Discussants: Benj Sykes, Tanja Winther, Sophie Bouly de Lesdain, and Veronica Strang. Moderator: Dan Podjed, Convenor of EASA Applied Anthropology Network.
During the day, our co-organisers, sponsors and partners will present at the Energy Hotspot. Do not miss the opportunity to mingle with enthusiasts from all sorts of different domains in academia, energy industry and non-for-profit sector.
Do you still have the energy to join us for a social event? We will use the cutting-edge anthropological approaches to spot the best place in Durham.
DAY 2, Saturday, 29 October 2017 (location: The Calman Learing Centre, Durham University)
ACCOUNTING FOR ENERGY (Energethics)
The roles of corporations in aiming for a sustainable future, and how anthropological insights help asking the right questions.
How to work appropriately with technical practice innovations in culturing skills for renewable energy.
INSIGHTFUL JOBS (ASA Apply)
Demonstrating the Value of Reflexive Thinking.
MINING HISTORY (Durham Energy Institute)
A walking tour of Durham featuring its hidden history as the centre of what was once the largest coalfield in England.
BUILDING CORPORATE CULTURES OF SUSTAINABILITY (The Culture Academy)
Understanding and building sustainability into the DNA of your organisation.
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Simone A. Abram, Sandra Bell, Pavel Borecký, Ben Campbell, Lynn Gibson, Meta Gorup, Dan Podjed, Evelyn Tehrani
Lawrence Agbemabiese, Ellen Bal, Sandra Bell, Alenka Bezjak Mlakar, Lenora Bohren, Simone Borile, Carlo A. Cubero, Lu Ann De Cunzo, Jurij Fikfak, Carla Guerrón Montero, Duška Knežević Hočevar, Kristin Kuutma, Art Leete, Rajko Muršič, Desirée Pangerc, Jaka Repič, Klāvs Sedlenieks, Veronica Strang, Peter Simonič, Giulia Sinatti, Ülo Valk, Rhoda Woets
European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), ASA Apply, Durham Energy Institute, Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University, Department of Anthropology at Durham University