Tue, Feb 14|
Insurrection in Energy Research: Pluriversal Encounters with Energy Transition & Renewability
Time & Location
Feb 14, 2023, 5:00 PM
About the Event
We warmly welcome you to the first event “Insurrection in Energy Research: Pluriversal Encounters with Energy Transition & Renewability" of a new event series “EXALT Dialogues”.
When: Tuesday 14th of February at 5pm / 17.00 (Helsinki time, EET)
Where: online on Zoom (link will be sent to participants closer to the event)
Who: The event is open for everyone
Description of the event: The hopeful claims of “green,” “clean” and “renewable” energy to transition capitalist societies towards socio-ecologically harmonious political economies have fallen short on closer investigation. Material and energy consumption is increasing, low-carbon infrastructures are adding to existing hydrocarbon and nuclear energy sources and, still more, wind, solar and hydrological extractivism is creating similar violent socio-ecological disruptions on the ground. Capitalist energy development reproduces the same expansive and accumulating problems whether energy is produced by conventional hydrocarbons or low-carbon infrastructures—the latter concealing extensive mineral extractive and hydrocarbon dependent supply-webs. This naturally raises the question: “If low-carbon infrastructures are also ‘bad’, then what can we do?”
The first Exalt Dialogue confronts this question: What are the obstacles and pathways for creating alternative energy systems? This question speaks to the issue of global extractivisms underlying low-carbon energy systems and what type of alternative visions we could imagine as individuals, collectives and communities. This EXALT Dialogue invites us to consider an insurrection in energy research, delving into the Pluriverse by discussing the coloniality of energy systems with four energy researchers with different critical perspectives and ideas on the matter of electricity production and development. Speaking this question above, and their own concerns, we will hear a short-talk (10-15min) about their work and how they might imagine alternative forms of electricity production today, followed by a shared discussion.
The event is open for anyone to attend, but requires a registration.
Please register here (deadline 12th of February). Zoom-link will be sent to participants closer to the event.
The event will be recorded and published on the EXALT Youtube-channel.