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Distinguished Lecture: Laura Watts on Solarpunk Futures

Dear Colleagues,

the Collaborative Research Centre "Virtual lifeworlds" presents a Distinguished Lecture with Laura Watts on "Solarpunk Futures: Making wild green energy worlds from virtual seeds". Please join on site at the Ruhr-University in Bochum on 5 June 2024 18 hrs or online via Zoom.

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Green energy is the future; low carbon energy is the future. But where are the green electrons in a length of electricity grid cable? There are, in physical terms, no electrons wearing green hats; there is no measurable difference between an electron generated by a wind turbine and another generated by a fossil fuel power station. Green energy is virtual and immeasurable; its units are given in the /equivalence /to a mass of carbon dioxide emitted per kilowatt hour. So how to make gritty and embodied, liveable worlds from virtual green power?

Informed by fieldwork around North Sea energy islands and drawing on Speculative Fabulation from theorist Donna Haraway this talk will explore a method for virtual green energy to become the seed for liveable worlds that grow wild out of energy infrastructures rooted in their place and people. It will be a guide to making futures that are hopeful, enduring, and phototropic–turning always towards the light.

All best,

Estrid Sørensen

-- Prof. Dr. Estrid Sørensen Faculty of Social Science Chair of Cultural Psychology and Anthropology of Knowledge Centre for Anthropological Knowledge in Scientific and Technological Cultures - CAST Ruhr-University Bochum Building GD E1.249 Postfach 80 Universitätsstr. 150 44801 Bochum Tel.: +49-(0)234 32 27947 | Fax: +49-(0)234 32 14744 Secretary: Kerstin / +49 (0)234 32 - 27949

RUSTlab: Universitätstr 104, room 223

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Recent publications: Amelang, K, Klausner, K, Sørensen, E, Straube, T, Friton, J & Queckenberg, R. (2023). Daten erfahren und situieren Datenspaziergänge als explorative Methode ethnografischer Forschung. Kulturanthropologie Notizen 85: Digital[ität] Ethnografieren.

Gorur, R., Sørensen, E., & Maddox, B. (2023). Standardisierung des Kontexts und Kontextualisierung des Standards: Die Übertragung von PISA auf PISA-D. In M. J. Prutsch (Ed.), Wissenschaft, Zahlen und Politik (pp. 325-356). London, UK: Palgrave.

Kocksch, L., & Sørensen, E. (2023). Investigating the Sustainability-Cybersecurity Nexus in HCI as a Practical Problem: Presentation at Workshop WS27: HCI for Climate Change: Imagining Sustainable Futures. Bochum: Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Sørensen, E., & Laser, S. (2023). Towards Artful Sustainable Integration of IT Infrastructures. In P. Jankowski, A. Höfner, M. L. Hoffmann, F. Rohde, R. Rehak & J. Graf (Eds.), Shaping Digital Transformation for a Sustainable Society. Contributions from Bits & Bäume (pp. 87-90). Berlin: Technische Universität Berlin.

Laser, S., Pasek, A., Sørensen, E., Hogan, M., Fehrenbacher, J., Hepach, M. G., Çelik, L., & Kumar, K. R. (2022). The environmental footprint of social media hosting: Tinkering with Mastodon. EASST Review 41(3).

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