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Elaine Forde: New Infrastructures for Energy Transition

Termin Dienstag, 8. Mai 2018, 16.15 - 18.00 Uhr
Veranstaltungsart Vorlesung/Vortrag
Einrichtung Philosophische Fakultät I
Veranstalter Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung und Seminar für Ethnologie der MLU
Veranstaltungsort Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung, Großer Seminarraum
Straße Advokatenweg 36
PLZ/Ort 06114 Halle (Saale)
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The term energy transition denotes a growing consensus about the pressing need for energy culture change. This entails seeking alternatives to fossil fuels and extractive energy sources, to reach the overall goal of a transition to a low-carbon economy. Whether driven by security, price, ethical considerations or other factors, the issue of energy transition is acute, however the act of making such a transition is constrained by a full range of socio-technical factors.

This paper interrogates the convergence of socio-technical factors in combinations which produce infrastructural inequalities. Transformative energy research needs to pay a particular attention to everyday energy cultures which exist under conditions of infrastructural inequality, where idealised energy behaviours are understood, negotiated but not enabled. I argue that uneven access to energy infrastructures is one of the primary challenges in securing energy justice for people and planet, and with that in mind I pose the question: What new infrastructures will emerge to support and enable energy transition on a global scale?

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