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ABSUS Primer

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ABSUS Primer

  1. 1. Energy = Joy x Beauty? thomas.berker @ Centre for Technology and Society Norwegian University of Science and Technology Thomas Berker, Energy=JoyxBeauty
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Points of departure </li></ul><ul><li>Concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Research sites </li></ul>
  3. 3. Point of departure 1 <ul><li>How do we deal with private energy consumption? A transdisciplinary challenge. </li></ul>
  4. 4. 2 more points of departure <ul><li>Going beyond approaches which frame (energy) consumption in simplistic and deterministic ways. </li></ul><ul><li>Exploring spaces between/beyond misleading alternatives (dualisms). </li></ul>
  5. 5. Action vs Structure <ul><li>private (energy) consumption is about the individual's choices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>moral appeal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>private (energy) consumption is about technology/institutions/laws and regulations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>technocratic option (technological determinism, economic incentives) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. More misleading dualisms <ul><li>rational/irrational </li></ul><ul><li>technology/use </li></ul><ul><li>other misleading dualisms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>private/public </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>consumption/production </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>local/global </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.... </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Instead: A relational approach <ul><li>Douglas and Isherwood (1979): consumption “an integral part of the social need to relate to other people” </li></ul><ul><li>Actor-Network-Theory: ... and to relate people and things and things </li></ul><ul><li>specifically: the manifold relations between people and things and things involved in production, distribution, management, and consumption of energy </li></ul>
  8. 8. Production Consumption Distribution Maintenance
  9. 9. Unchartered Territory: Energy and Pleasure <ul><li>A warm bath: How the bath has become a “high-energy room” </li></ul><ul><li>A second chance: Aesthetics and sustainability in the second home industry </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable pleasures: Pleasure and sports industries </li></ul><ul><li>Educating aesthetic sustainability: Industrial design and sustainability </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Grateful for any input: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>helen.gansmo @ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>thomas.berker @ </li></ul></ul>