EAN network meeting July 27

In less than a week we will be meeting with network members at the EASA conference in Belfast. Please join us 27 July 17:00-18:45pm to discuss:

  • our workshop for 2023 (we always organize a mini network gathering/conference in between the biannual meetings)
  • collaborations or projects members are interested in
  • open positions — are you interested in becoming more active in the network? We have at least two positions that are officially at the end of their term: secretary and convenor

Registered and unregistered participants can join.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions at katja.mueller@zirs.uni-halle.de and/or emoolenaar@regis.edu.

Have you registered for the EASA biennial meeting yet?

The EASA biennial meeting will take place in Belfast from July 26 through July 29. Early bird registration opened on May 20th and will close the end of June.

Registration is by online form only and does not require instant payment. Your registration will be manually processed and an invoice with payment information emailed after a few days. Payment can be taken online by credit card or bank transfer, and invoices should be settled within 15 days.  

How much are conference fees? Early bird fees for f2f participants will be:
Concession member (those with gross annual income below €25,000): 160 GBP
Member: 230 GBP
Non-member: 330 GBP

This fee includes f2f and online access to four days of conference sessions (in 2018 there were more than 180 panels and labs to choose from). It also includes an opening drinks reception, 4 lunches and 6 tea/coffee breaks, access to online chat/networking tools and session recordings. The conference dinner/party ticket is a charged-for extra, to be booked at the time of registration.

Early Bird prices for F2F participants will cease on 20 June (standard fees will be 75 GBP more expensive).

There are no daily registration rates for this event. Day-rates have always been a way to ensure access for those with care obligations and other reasons which limit time away. However in the context of hybrid format and the global ecological crisis, we would encourage those who can only attend for a day to register for online participation.

Early bird fees for virtual participation will be:
Concession member (those with gross annual income below €25,000): 50 GBP
Member: 100 GBP
Non-member: 150 GBP

The registration fee for virtual participation includes online access to all sessions, access to session recordings and online chat/networking tools. The deadline for online registration is July 6, after this point it will not be possible to register for online attendance.

Early Bird prices for virtual participation will continue until 20 June, when prices will rise by 40 GBP.

To register or for more information visit: https://easaonline.org/conferences/easa2022/registration

ETROD session on deep time reckoning, February 24th, 16-17:45 CE(S)T

ETROD welcomes Vincent Ialenti to discuss the introduction to his book “Deep time reckoning: How Future Thinking Can Help Earth Now“ (2020, MIT Press) in which he argues that we need to become “more skilled deep time reckoners” and to learn to inhabit a longer now. 

Topic: ETROD – Extractivism and Transition Research Online Dialogues

Time: Feb 24, 2022 04:00 PM Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna

 ETROD occurs every month on the Fourth Thursday. Three upcoming dates: Feb 24, March 24, April 28 all at 4pm CEST.

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Meeting ID: 648 9546 8707

Password: 407026

Open AAA annual meeting panel November 18, The Green Frontier: Critical Perspectives on Energy Transitions

You are invited to the AAA 2021 Annual Meeting panel, “The Green Frontier: Critical Perspectives on Energy Transitions.” The panel is open to all and will be accessible through this Zoom link (Meeting ID: 931 5876 9092). The panel description and detailed program are below. We hope to see you there!

The Green Frontier: Critical Perspectives on Energy Transitions November 18, 202110:15 AM – 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)AAA 2021 Annual Meeting
Chair: Mark GoodaleDiscussants: Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer
As the collective transition from fossil fuels to cleaner energy forms becomes increasingly accepted and desired due to the pressing crises of climate change, a growing number of governments and companies are adopting green energy solutions. These range from  wind and solar energy projects to lithium extraction and nuclear energy endeavors while it remains unclear if these so-called “green transitions” will represent a significant break with the structures of carbon capitalism that enabled the climate crisis in the first place. Recent ethnographies have shown how green energy projects replicate similar dominant political, social, and economic patterns through which coal and oil-powered energy systems have depended upon, and they continue to reproduce both extractivist logics and the local and planetary inequalities in the so-called post-carbon age. In this panel, we aim to critically engage with post-carbon and/or green energy assemblages. We are especially interested in how green energy projects replicate and/or diverge from carbon-based forms of energy and the ways in which such transitions involve the concerns of local communities over sovereignty and livable worlds. “Introduction: Toward a Critical Anthropology of Energy Assemblages”Mark Goodale “Freedom and Fuel: How Fossil Fuel PR Shapes Green Transition Narratives” Cara Daggett “The Oceanic Frontier: Offshore Gas Fields, Extractivism, and Geo-Political Futures in a Divided Cyprus”Zeynep Oguz“Solar What?! Struggling with Carbon Logics in Post-Carbon Design”Jamie Cross “Sovereign and Dignified” Extraction in Bolivia: Regional Encounters with Nationalized Lithium Industrialization”
David Luis Schröter
DiscussionCymene Howe and Dominic Boyer

Energy Ethics 2021 conference Energy Transitions and Planetary Futures, University of St. Andrews, October 25-27, 2021

This multidisciplinary 3-day virtual conference is organised by the Centre for Energy Ethics at the University of St Andrews.

In the lead-up to COP26, the conference will reflect carefully and critically on envisioned energy transitions and what they might entail. Bringing together researchers across the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences, the conference aims to ask: what visions of society and planetary futures are being put forth by energy transitions around the world? What will their implications be? And how will they be realised?

There is an exciting programme of talks, screenings, debates and opportunities for connecting with publishers and funders! Featuring:

  • 60+ papers from researchers across the arts, humanities & sciences, from 32+ universities
  • Keynote Addresses from Dr Dana Powell (Appalachian State University) and Prof Kim Fortun (University of California, Irvine)
  • Film Screenings & Q&As with Directors
  • Roundtable on “Just Transitions” & New Books on Energy Roundtable
  • Virtual Exhibit Hall to meet editors and pressers (including Berghahn, MIT Press, Duke University Press, Stanford University Press, Bloomsbury) and find out more about research centres working on energy in the UK

Registration is FREE and open to all.

Extractivism and Transition Research Online Dialogue, July 15

Discuss the article Populism, Instability, and Rupture in Sustainability Transformations with us and its author. Access to article: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/24694452.2020.1866486

If you feel like joining the discussion next Thursday, July 15th at 4pm CEST, please read Havard’s text and email katja.mueller@zirs.uni-halle.de for the Zoom link.

Online seminar Diversifying Power: Why We Need Antiracist, Feminist Leadership on Climate and Energy, February 2, 2021

The Sussex Energy Group is organizing a seminar by Jennie Stephens, Diversifying Power: : Why We Need Antiracist, Feminist Leadership on Climate and Energy, 2/2/21 13:00-14:00 GMT.


The climate crisis is a crisis of leadership. For too long too many leaders have prioritized corporate profits over the public good, exacerbating climate vulnerabilities while reinforcing economic and racial injustice. Transformation to a just, sustainable renewable-based society requires leaders who connect social justice to climate and energy.

During the Trump era, connections among white supremacy, environmental destruction, and fossil fuel dependence have become more conspicuous. Many of the same leadership deficiencies that shaped the inadequate response in the United States to the coronavirus pandemic have also thwarted the US response to the climate crisis. The inadequate and ineffective framing of climate change as a narrow, isolated, discrete problem to be “solved” by technical solutions is failing. The dominance of technocratic, white, male perspectives on climate and energy has inhibited investments in social change and social innovations. With new leadership and diverse voices, we can strengthen climate resilience, reduce racial and economic inequities, and promote social justice.

In Diversifying Power, energy expert Jennie Stephens argues that the key to effectively addressing the climate crisis is diversifying leadership so that antiracist, feminist priorities are central.  All politics is now climate politics, so all policies, from housing to health, now have to integrate climate resilience and renewable energy.

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Energy futures conference (online), February 22-26, 2021.

The Leibniz Research Alliance on Energy Transitions invites participants for its conference entitled “Energy Futures – Emerging Pathways in an Uncertain World“. The conference will discuss the future of energy from various social scientific angles, covering questions of energy justice, energy governance, energy education, and also energy research. Please find the detailed conference program on their website. The conference will take place fully online from February 22- 26, 2021. Participation is free of charge. If you are interested, please register here by next Friday, Feb. 5th!

Keynotes by

and inspiring discussion about climate policy in a post-Trump and (post-) pandemic world with

Post-petro imaginaries online event December 3, 2020 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM EST

The 1014 project space has been transformed into a hyper-reality testing environment. It is populated with experiential futures prototypes that investigate our relationships in a spectrum of post-oil scenarios. Through narrative techniques and design futures methods a design studio at CUNY Citytech led by participatory futures practitioner Chris Woebken and cultural researcher Alexander Klose has developed a series of bespoke design interventions and immersive installations throughout our Upper East Side townhouse project space.Join this virtual roundtable with experts Heather Davis (Eugene Lang College, The New School), Elizabeth Henaff (NYU IDM), Timothy Furstnau (Museum Of Capitalism) and Karen Pinkus (Cornell University, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Ithaca), delve into these precarious scenarios, discuss and respond to new values, myths, and cultural imaginations that might emerge while being shaped by the afterlives of petro-modernity.This project is produced in collaboration between Alexander Klose, cultural researcher, Office for Precarious Concepts and Undisciplinary Research, Berlin, Germany and member of the research collective Beauty of Oil, Berlin/Vienna, and Chris Woebken, artist and participatory futures practitioner and co-founder of the Extrapolation Factory, Adjunct Assistant Prof. at CUNY City Tech and 2020 Faculty Fellow at the New School’s Urban Systems Lab, New York City, USA.Special thanks to the Urban Systems Lab at The New School for their support in developing research for the project.

To join: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1816052921898/WN_zpog1KK4SFavGDbYpLTGAg

CFP: Digitisation and low-carbon energy transitions, Energy Anthropology Network workshop, 23-24 August 2021

As the world faces the challenge to transition to low-carbon energy futures, digitisation becomes a key issue: decarbonising energy requires the digital process control of energy production, transmission and end use. Diversified electrification across sectors requires real-time digital coordination of distributed energy production, with increasing numbers and types of power plants and enhanced spatial-temporal complexity. To manage energy demand and raise energy efficiency, digital devices can help recursively modulate energy and societal rhythms to facilitate rapid decarbonisation of complex, intertwined systems. At the same time, a low-carbon energy transition that requires electrification and digitisation is accompanied by the risk of significant increases in energy demand, perhaps only partly compensated through energy efficiency gains.

Might the digitisation of renewable energy backfire on envisioned energy transitions? Who digitises energy infrastructure, and what drives decision-making? How does this impact the justice effects of low-carbon energy transitions? In what ways does digitisation intertwine with changes in the lived experience of human interactions with evolving energy systems? What do we gain and lose as we move from fossil fuel dominated infrastructures to hybrid digitised ones, from coal mining to data mining?

This workshop problematizes the emergent inter-linkages of digitisation and energy. We invite engaged energy anthropologists and other interdisciplinary counterparts from geography, science and technology studies and political ecology into a critically constructive forum to discuss digitisation in low-carbon energy transitions.

Please submit a 300-500 word abstract to Katja Müller (katja.mueller@zirs.uni-halle.de) and Siddharth Sareen (siddharth.sareen@uis.no) by 15 December 2020. Include your institutional affiliation and whether you would like to participate remotely or in person – both options will be possible. The Energy Anthropology Network is pleased to hold this workshop at the University of Stavanger during 23-24 August 2021, before the Petrocultures 2021 conference scheduled for 25-27 August 2021 at the Norwegian Petroleum Museum.

Keynote speakers:

23rd August: Digital Energy Futures – Sarah Pink and Yolande Strengers, Monash University

24th August: Mobility justice and transitions to urban electric vehicles – Thomas Birtchnell, Theresa Harada and Gordon Waitt, University of Wollongong

Energy ethics event, 9-13 November 2020

How can our use of energy help us create a better future for all? 

Please join Energy Ethics 2020, a virtual event taking place 9-13 November via Zoom. This event will bring together scholars, industry representatives, and members of the ERC-funded Energy Ethics team through online sessions scheduled throughout the week. 

This is what you can look forward to: 

Monday:                                   Welcome to Energy Ethics and Meet the Team 

Tuesday:                                   Professor Tobias Haller, Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern  

Wednesday:                           International Energy Industry Panel 

Thursday:                                 Professor Hirokazu Miyazaki, Kay Davis Prof of Anthropology, Northwestern University 

Friday:                                       Energy Debate 

For details and to register to attend, please visit: https://energyethics.ac.uk/.  

Extractivism and Transition Research Online Dialogues, September 2020 -February 2021

Please join the “ETROD – Energy and Transition Research Online Dialogues”. The dialogues take place every second Monday from September 2020 to February 2021 4-6pm CEST, and will involve (and are based on readings of) Jamie Cross, Gisa Weszkalnys, Jaume Franquesa, Christina Schwenkel, Per Högselius, and Dominic Boyer. Please find the programme at http://www.zirs.uni-halle.de/dokumente/ETROD_Invitation.pdf.

EASA 2020 EAN network meeting, July 20th, 2020

Please join our network meeting at the EASA virtual conference. The EAN Network meeting is scheduled for Monday July 20th, from 09:00-11:00 WEST/ Lisbon summer time (GMT+1). The meeting will take place on the Shindig platform, and will be accessible to all who have the link, i.e. you don’t have to be registered for the conference in order to participate.

During the meeting we need to discuss:

1)     Network convenor: As we, Simone and Nathalie, are both resigning, we need to find new network convenor. Being a co-convenor is both rewarding and full of potential. Quite flexible and adaptable in scope and content, the tasks include, in its broadest understanding, the coordination of EAN-related events and activities, be it online and offline.

 We are also seeking nominations for  a secretary/social media coordinator, responsible for managing EAN’s social media network.

 If you have any questions about the role, you are welcome to contact the convenors. If you have any further suggestions for additional posts or would like to nominate someone, please contact us or post a discussion to the list. 

2)     The decision regarding our next EAN Workshop 2021 (where, when, and on which topic?) To have an idea of what a Workshop can be like, you can look at the previous one we convened in Lyon < https://etechfutures.sciencesconf.org/> on “Energy and technologies futures”. We encourage you to start making suggestions for our next Workshop, in terms of where, when, and on which topic it could be.

To join:

Energy Anthropology Network (EAN) (https://shindig.com/login/event/easanet-ean
Conference instructions to join the meeting are as follows: 
Anyone interested can use the link to RSVP. They enter their name, email, institution and an hour before the meeting they’ll receive an automated email reminding them to login.  From 59 minutes before the meeting begins, that same URL changes from being an RSVP to direct entry into the meeting.

New webinar series starting June 3 2020! New Energy: Conversations with Early-Career Energy Researchers

New Energy: Conversations with Early-Career Energy Researchers is a new multi-university interdisciplinary online series featuring graduate, post-doctoral, and other early-career researchers sharing their research, discoveries and perspectives on energy-related topics. From policy to analysis to emerging research, this bi-weekly series will give anyone interested in energy the opportunity to learn from the rising stars in the field. 

On Wednesday, June 3 at 12 p.m. EDT, the series will kick off with Gabriel Chan, Assistant Professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. Chan’s talk, “Cooperative Electric Cooperative Research,”  will cover several recent and ongoing research efforts to engage municipal and cooperative utilities as research participants, stakeholders for research outcomes, and direct collaborators in research projects. Learn more about this talk, how to nominate future speakers and the series and register here. 

Last minute opportunity: free online symposium May 13-14, Social Acceptance and the Energy Transition

MISTRALan EU-funded Innovative Training Network (https://mistral-itn.eu/) has organised a free online symposium to discuss recent research on social acceptance perspectives energy transition, with an emphasis on wind energy. Held over two half-days, a range of world-leading experts and Early Stage Researchers will explore community attitudes to energy projects and the wider governance and institutional arrangements that frame them.

Please join us by registering here: (https://tinyurl.com/MISTRALsym)

Registration will close at 8pm on Monday 11th May

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