ASA19: Energethics' perspectives on global challenges

In September, Energethics researchers participated in the ASA 2019 conference in Norwich where they shared their perspectives on global challenges.

The ASA conference was held at the University of East Anglia, England.
Isabelle Hugøy
A conference dinner followed by musical performance was organised in the historical church building St. Andrews Hall.
Isabelle Hugøy

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Several researchers from the Energethics group attended the four day conference arranged by the Association of Social Anthropologists (ASA) at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. The theme of this year's conference was Anthropological perspectives on global challenges, which could offer 45 different panels that all adressed the overall theme.

Among these panels was Neoliberalization and the ambivalent role(s) of the state in transnational energy corporations organised by project leader and Professor Ståle Knudsen together with Dinah Rajak. The panel discussed comparatively how transnational companies, the state and the neoliberal economic order are linked in complex ways in energy industries.

How are relations between the corporate world and the state negotiated and enacted, especially when the energy corporation moves abroad but the state stays behind? What is the effect of corporations relating to the emerging global regime of performance standards and reporting mechanisms? These were some central questions raised by the panel, which Energethics researchers Iselin Åsedotter Strønen, Siri Lange, Ragnhild Freng Dale and Ståle Knudsen among other panelists sought to discuss.

During the conference, the group gained useful input that inspired further work with publications related to the Energethics project.

The next ASA conference will be held in 2020.