ASC research group Debates on Development in Latin American and the
Caribbean is pleased to announce an open lecture by
Aleksandra Lis
(Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań)

Renewable energy sources as socio-technical projects –
searching for contexts and meanings in Poland and Argentina

You can get 3 OZN for participating in this event!

Thursday, January 23, 2020
at 5:00 pm

Where?

American Studies Center, room 317,
al. Niepodległości 22, Warsaw.

 

What?

More and more countries, regions, communities and companies worldwide are looking for alternative methods of power generation, other than based on fossil fuels. Power generation tends to be associated with natural sciences and engineering, which directly contribute to the development of new technologies, however, it also has very important social aspects, such as the political and social organization of making energy infrastructures, of gaining access to different fuels, the meaning of these practices and technologies for communities, nations, companies and for relations of power, which are either reproduced or subverted when energy is produced in a new way. These social aspects of energy production and consumption occupy such disciplines as anthropology and social studies of science and technology (STS). Thus, the aim of the project is to develop a theoretical and a methodological approach to social studies of (1) how new socio-technical infrastructures for electric energy production and consumption are made by actors differently positioned towards markets and state institutions, (2) what the meaning of electric energy is for different actors involved in the making of these infrastructures and how it may change (3) how these new infrastructures are positioned towards markets and states in terms of power relations and various types of dependencies. During the lecture, doctor Aleksandra Lis will present research plan for her fieldwork in Argentina. She will outline the main research questions and theoretical perspectives and present a potential locality for ethnographic research.

Who?

Aleksandra Lis works as an Associate Professor at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. She holds a PhD degree from the Central European University in Budapest and worked as a research fellow at various research institutions and think tanks.

Among them were: Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society at the UC Berkeley, Center on Organizational Innovation at the Columbia University in NYC, Institute for Advanced Studies in Science Technology and Society at TU Graz, Agora Energiewende in Berlin and Max Planck Institute for the Study of Society in Cologne. She has led several research projects on climate and energy politics, and new Energy technologies funded by the National Science Centre, European Commission and the Polish-German Science Foundation, and published in international journals: Energy Research & Social Science, Environmental Politics, Science and Public Policy.

Year 2019/2020

January 23, 2020 at 5pm; Renewable energy sources as socio-technical project

January 10, 2020

During the lecture, doctor Aleksandra Lis will present social aspects of energy production in Poland and Argentina, as well as the meaning of electric energy for different actors – communities, nations and companies.

Year 2019/2020

January 17, 2020 at 10am; Star Trek seminar

January 7, 2020

The seminar consists of prior viewing of the two episodes of Star Trek and the following discussion led by our guest lecturer – Stefan Rabitsch from University of Graz. Read more, sign up and participate!

poster by Magdalena Krzemińśka

Year 2019/2020

January 16, 2020 at 4pm; “I Like Big Hats and I Cannot Lie”: Petasus Americanus or a Cultural History of Cowboy Hats

January 6, 2020

Stefan Rabitsch will argue during the lecture that cowboy hats do matter. Unlike other headwear, western hats—*petasus americanus*—have retained their potency and recognizability as a wearable signifiers of Americanness.

Year 2019/2020

January 16-17, 2020; Film and TV Criticism Methodology Workshops

January 6, 2020

During each session Kaja Klimek, who is an educator, translator, and film and culture critic, will present key trends and perspectives in current film and tv criticism in various media, including traditional and new media.

courtesy: haveabite.in

American Studies Colloquium Series

January 14, 2020 at 4pm; Food: A Systemic Approach

December 27, 2019

Knowing where our food comes from is important to us as consumers and as citizens, allowing us to make more careful choices. During the lecture, Fabio Parasecoli will explore different conceptualizations of the global food system, together with the structures, flows, and stakeholders that compose it.