Settimo seminario del ciclo " Energy and Power. Prospettive sulle ontologie sociali e la transizione energetica" .
AULA 3D440, 3° PIANO CAMPUS LUIGI EINAUDI, PALAZZINA D4, Lungo Dora Siena 100/4, Torino.
PRESENTA: NICOLA LABANCA; JRC, Institute for Energy and Transport Renewables and Energy Efficiency Unit.
The seminar will propose discussing current energy transitions in the light of the insights that can be gained by an historical enquiry on instrumentality. The proposed approach allows interpreting complex systems as the result of some fundamental transformations related to how human artefacts have been conceived in Western societies. These transformations can be characterised in terms of a progressive process of disembodiment and abstraction whereby, among other things, the notions of energy, time and information have been changed into quantifiable resource units regulating all activities and functions performed by people and any other biological entity. The proposed account will offer, on the one hand, the possibility to discuss how these notions are currently framing the issue of energy sustainability within mainstream research fields and some relevant drawbacks linked to how they are used to organise societies. On the other hand, it will allow illustrating a) how energy and information have nowadays to be considered as central metaphorsaround which the rituals generated by complex
systems are arranged and b) how complex systems tend to generate a process of dis-embeddingwhereby they escape social control while reinforcing a perception of resources scarcity.