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The European Energy Sector in Transformation: Anthropological Perspectives on the Phasing-Down Coal in Vulnerable Regions 
Branko Banovic (Institute of Ethnography, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts)
Miloš Milenković (University of Belgrade - Faculty of Philosophy)
Jelena Vasiljevic (Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade)
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Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), 0G/007
Friday 29 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

The ongoing energy transition generates many challenges across the globe and it provokes controversies imbued with various locally generated features. The aim of this panel is to provide anthropological insights into debates over phasing-down coal in vulnerable regions of coal-dependent economies.

Long Abstract:

The ongoing energy transition which aims at replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy impacts many aspects of human life and provokes various locally generated controversies across the globe. In vulnerable regions of coal-dependent economies thermal power plants and coal mining industries are the main generators of a large number of direct and related jobs and the largest revenue source for the local budgets. Although coal use is one of the biggest causes of greenhouse gas emissions and although coal-fired power plants are among the worst sources of toxic air pollutants globally, people living in the towns whose economy is based on electricity production from coal-fired power plants worry that the strategies and actions on phasing-down coal will inevitably affect loosing thousands of related jobs and finally lead to the total collapse of entire towns. As the local people are exposed to contradictory and conflicting information on environmental, health and economic consequences of coal combustion in their towns as well as on advantages and disadvantages of phasing-down coal, controversies over environmental issues contain many phenomena that need anthropological clarification. Scientists from various fields deal with the ongoing energy transition and the phenomena that accompany it. The aim of this panel is to show that anthropology is indispensable for a complete understanding of the one of the most important economic and environmental policy tasks of the contemporary world as well as to point out the theoretical and practical potential of the anthropology of mining as a still under-established field of research.

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Session 1 Friday 29 July, 2022, -