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Uncommon Explorations between Green Technologies, Climate Hopes, and the Anthropological Imagination I 
Jonas Köppel (University of Bern)
Pablo I. Ampuero-Ruiz (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
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Cristobal Bonelli (University of Amsterdam)
Simone Abram (Durham University)
Main Site Tower (MST), 03/004
Wednesday 27 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel explores how "green technologies" - assemblages involving raw materials, industries and financial markets - enact "decarbonization" as a universally desired common and univocal hope. It will refresh the anthropological imagination by displacing the hegemonic jargon of energy transitions.

Long Abstract:

"Green technologies" such as solar panels, green hydrogen, or battery electric vehicles are presented as indispensable means to address the climate crisis. Within the logic of the market economy and the problem-solution paradigm, these technologies appear as univocal solutions for decarbonising economies and societies. However, large-scale industrial production of "green technologies" has far-reaching implications, which are often overlooked. In particular, it exponentially increases the demand for "critical" raw materials, transforming extractive industries and the territories where they operate. Moreover, the massive investments these technologies require reposition capital markets as central tools in environmental policy-making under the name of "green" or "climate finance".

This panel aims at critically examining "green technologies" as ethnographic objects that (dis)connect different places, domains, concerns, struggles, problems, people, materialities, temporalities, and logics. It brings together anthropologists to critically displace predominant categories such as energy transition, carbon neutrality, and green growth. We encourage contributions that explore the methodological, epistemological, practical, and political challenges that "green technologies" present to scholars working in these domains. Ultimately, the panel explores the potentials and shortcomings of the anthropological imagination for "undoing the commons" in times dominated by techno-fix "decarbonization" projects and narratives.

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Session 1 Wednesday 27 July, 2022, -