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Countering the centres of carbonisation 
Caroline Anna Salling (Technical University of Denmark)
Amanda Obitz Mogensen (Technical University of Denmark)
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Irina Papazu (IT University of Copenhagen)
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Short Abstract:

Societal decarbonisation is emerging both in theory and in practice. In contradiction, emissions are still increasing. To understand why that is, we need to ask: Which are the centres of carbonisation in which emissions are economically, technologically, and socially both clustered and countered?

Long Abstract:

While decarbonisation has emerged as a stable term referring to the societal processes actively decreasing overall carbon emissions, carbonisation usually refers to the technical processes that produce carbon. Yet carbon emissions are economically, technologically, and socially both clustered and countered.

Practical counterwork takes place in the contestations which we study as well as within the making and doing of decarbonisation that we as researchers aspire to contribute to. To mobilise arrangements of ‘carbonisation’ conceptually, we ask the following questions:

Which are the clustered centres and the peripheries of carbonisation? And, consequently, where does decarbonisation have to take place?

We suggest the centres of carbonisation can be found within a broad range of contemporary societal arrangements, including but not limited to battery gigafactories, pension funds, energy utilities, data storage and AI computing, metals and minerals mining, chemicals manufacturing, industrial scale agriculture, property construction, and fossil fuels extraction, and we invite our peers to think openly with which other arrangements this conceptualisation can include.

The processes of carbonisation and decarbonisation are interrelated and tied to processes at different scales, but how can we study such interrelations - by intervening into the ecologically devastating effects of continuously intensifying, policy mandated planetary carbonisation? Or by intervening into the scientific agendas that have promised but not yet sufficiently mobilized decarbonisation?

We hope for submissions that are interested in discussing with us an emerging STS agenda ‘countering the centres of carbonisation’ and contribute via a broad range of technopolitical themes, such as: Industrial energy production and consumption, mining landscapes, business models, and sustainable investment.

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