This panel invites theoretical and empirical papers for contributing to a greater energy-plugged-in anthropology in order to compare and reflect on emergent socialities of energy knowledge and practice.
For a number of reasons energy has increasingly become a topic for public engagement in recent years. These include concerns for costs and continuity of supply, climate change mitigation, policies and protests over renewables, 'smart' user interface technologies, off-grid systems innovation, and publics with greater interest in informing themselves about how energy infrastructures affect and benefit their lives and social worlds. This panel invites theoretical and empirical papers for contributing to a greater energy-plugged-in anthropology in order to compare emergent socialities of energy knowledge and practice. What can anthropologists learn from socio-technical transitions theory? How can ethnographic perspectives illuminate processes of deliberation that defer to engineering expertise? Is energy the total social fact of our contemporary world? Whether it is 'living with loadshedding', designing low carbon architecture or agriculture, or learning lessons from community-based energy systems, the panel will explore and map out promising directions for anthropological understandings of social energy systems.