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    • Energy = Joy x Beauty? thomas.berker @ hf.ntnu.no Centre for Technology and Society Norwegian University of Science and Technology Thomas Berker, Energy=JoyxBeauty
    • Overview
      • Points of departure
      • Concepts
      • Research sites
    • Point of departure 1
      • How do we deal with private energy consumption? A transdisciplinary challenge.
    • 2 more points of departure
      • Going beyond approaches which frame (energy) consumption in simplistic and deterministic ways.
      • Exploring spaces between/beyond misleading alternatives (dualisms).
    • Action vs Structure
      • private (energy) consumption is about the individual's choices
        • moral appeal
      • private (energy) consumption is about technology/institutions/laws and regulations
        • technocratic option (technological determinism, economic incentives)
    • More misleading dualisms
      • rational/irrational
      • technology/use
      • other misleading dualisms
        • private/public
        • consumption/production
        • local/global
        • ....
    • Instead: A relational approach
      • Douglas and Isherwood (1979): consumption “an integral part of the social need to relate to other people”
      • Actor-Network-Theory: ... and to relate people and things and things
      • specifically: the manifold relations between people and things and things involved in production, distribution, management, and consumption of energy
    • Production Consumption Distribution Maintenance
    • Unchartered Territory: Energy and Pleasure
      • A warm bath: How the bath has become a “high-energy room”
      • A second chance: Aesthetics and sustainability in the second home industry
      • Sustainable pleasures: Pleasure and sports industries
      • Educating aesthetic sustainability: Industrial design and sustainability
      • Grateful for any input:
        • helen.gansmo @ hf.ntnu.no
        • thomas.berker @ hf.ntnu.no