Disseminazione

Seminari

Energy and Power

Energy and Power

Prospettive sulle ontologie sociali e sulla transizione energetica. Ciclo di seminari presso il Dipartimento di Cultura, Politica e Società - A.A. 2015-2016

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Energy, Power and Nature

Energy, Power and Nature

Strategie di transizione verso la sostenibilità. Ciclo di seminari presso il Dipartimento di Cultura, Politica e Società - A.A. 2016-2017

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Conferenze

Sfide globali e processi locali

Sfide globali e processi locali

Verso strategie sostenibili per lo sviluppo economico Sessione parallela organizzata all'interno della XXXVIII conferenza AISRE

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Urbanization and Cultural Landscape

Urbanization and Cultural Landscape

Workshop internazionale, VI edizione, 17-23 Luglio 2017.

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Le dinamiche del cibo

Le dinamiche del cibo

Cambiamento climatico, migrazioni ambientali e sicurezza alimentare. Seminario organizzato all'interno dell' International Aesop Sustainable Food Planning Conference

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Metabolismo urbano

Metabolismo urbano

Metabolismo Urbano e Sviluppo Economico Locale. Workshop organizzato all'interno del terzo Forum mondiale delle Sviluppo Locale

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From obecity to food democracy

From obecity to food democracy

Workshop organizzato all'interno dell'ottava World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC)

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Archivio

Actività 2017

Global challenges and local processes: towards sustainable strategies for economic development

SO.07.2 Global challenges and local processes: towards sustainable strategies for economic development Aula B-1A - Friday 22 September 09.00-11.00 Organized by Dario Padovan and Alessandro Sciullo SUSTAINABILITY POLICIES AND PARTICIPATORY GOVERNANCE: ALTERNATIVE PATHS TO IMPROVE POLICY MAKING AND MANAGE CONFLICTS Ravazzi Stefania GREEN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT FOR SCHOOL CATERING SERVICE IN TURIN: THE INNOCAT PROJECT Contu Simone LOCAL PRODUCTION OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES: LOOKING FOR A DEFINITION Sciullo Alessandro, Peano Cristiana, Arrobbio Osman, Massaglia Stefano ON USING INDICATORS FOR MEASURING CONVIVIALITY Arrobbio Osman REDUCING ENERGY CONSUMPTION AT THE UNIVERSITY: A STUDY ON USERS' AGENCY Magariello Stefano MINING ACTIVITY, QUARRY LAKES, GEOTHERMAL HEAT PUMPS AND AGRO-BUSINESS: AN EXAMPLE OF CIRCULAR ECONOMY Mandrone Giuseppe

Global challenges and local processes: towards sustainable strategies for economic development

SO.07.1 Global challenges and local processes: towards sustainable strategies for economic development Aula B-1A - Giovedì 21 settembre 16.30-18.30 Organized by Dario Padovan, Alessandro Sciullo ANALYSING SOCIAL INNOVATION IN THE TRANSITION TOWARD SUSTAINABILITY. THE CASE OF SOLIDARITY ECONOMY DISTRICTS Bonaiuti Mauro CIRCULAR CONSTRUCTIONS: THE IMPLICATIONS OF CIRCULAR ECONOMY ON THE BUILDING INDUSTRY Micelli Ezio, Mangialardo Alessia DRIVING SUSTAINABILITY IN ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS: AN ORGANIZATIONAL PRACTICES APPROACH Sciullo Alessandro ISTAT INDICATORS FOR UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGS) Costanzo Luigi, Ferruzza Angela, Baldazzi Barbara, Tagliacozzo Giovanna LINKING TOP-DOWN AND BOTTOM-UP APPROACHES FOR SUSTAINABILITY Cottafava Dario

The Crisis of Capitalism and the Quest for Sustainable Food Supply

The Crisis of Capitalism and the Quest for Sustainable Food Supply
Wednesday 28 June 2017, 3.00-5.00 p.m., room F4
Campus Luigi Einaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100/a, Torino
Introduce Dario Padovan
Speaker Robert Biel, University College London
Abstract: Beginning with a dialogue between the themes of his two recent books, The Entropy of Capitalism and Sustainable Food Systems (The Role of the City), Biel presents today’s era as one of flux: an exhausted capitalism is still clinging on, parasitising on its own decay and on the chaos it causes; at the same time, many positive features of grassroots self-organisation do exist, but they would need to escape the pull of the existing system in order to build a new one. Biel then discusses how issues of food and land (and everything they imply about commons regimes, knowledge sovereignty and community autonomy) can act as a catalyst for progressive change, helping to inaugurate the sustainable future which the ruling order cannot provide.

Anthropocene o Capitalocene: scenario of world ecology in the age of worldwide crisis

Anthropocene o Capitalocene: scenario of world ecology in the age of worldwide crisis
Thursday 22 June 2017, 3.00-5.00 p.m., room F2
Campus Luigi Einaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100/a, Torino
Introduce Dario Padovan
Speaker Alessandro Barbero
Abstract: Che i drammatici cambiamenti climatici degli ultimi decenni siano dovuti alle emissioni antropogeniche di gas serra è un fatto acclarato, che non suscita serie controversie se non da parte di qualche sparuta setta negazionista. Quali siano le conseguenze di tale situazione è invece oggetto di discussione. Sempre più spesso si sente parlare, nei circoli accademici ma anche sui mass media, di "Antropocene". Il premio Nobel per la chimica Paul Crutzen, che ha coniato il termine, intende con esso una nuova era geologica in cui le attività umane sono diventate il fattore determinante, decretando così la fine dell'Olocene. L'umanità come un tutto indifferenziato (e colpevole) da un lato, l'ambiente incontaminato (e innocente) dall'altro. Jason W. Moore rifiuta questa impostazione e parte dal presupposto che l'idea di una natura esterna ai processi di produzione non sia che un effetto ottico, un puntello ideologico su cui si è appoggiato il capitalismo. Al contrario, il concetto di ecologia-mondo rimanda a una commistione originaria tra dinamiche sociali ed elementi naturali che compongono il modo di produzione capitalistico nel suo divenire storico, nella sua tendenza a farsi mercato mondiale. Il capitalismo non ha un regime ecologico, è un regime ecologico. Sfruttamento e creazione di valore non si danno sulla natura, ma attraverso di essa - cioè dentro i rapporti socio-naturali che emergono dall'articolazione variabile di capitale, potere e ambiente. Si tratta dunque di analizzare la forma storica di questa articolazione - ciò che Moore chiama "Capitalocene": il capitale come modo di organizzazione della natura - per fronteggiare l'urgenza dei disastri ambientali che ci circondano. L'incontro rappresenta il diciasettesimo incontro del ciclo "Gli appuntamenti di Solars. Energy, Power and Nature. Strategie di transizione verso la sostenibilità" a.a. 2016/2017

Sustainablility of peasant agricolture: evaluation and promotion

Sustainablility of peasant agricolture: evaluation and promotion
Friday 16 June 2017, 3.00- 5.00 p.m., room F4
Campus Luigi Einaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100/a, Torino
Introduce Dario Padovan e Cristiana Peano
Speaker Adriana Chaparro, Universidad Nacional de Columbia
Abstract: Practices related to the sustainability of family agriculture include peasant valuation of social and environmental aspects of the rural environment, agro-ecological production, family work, and self-sufficiency related to external inputs. Additional family agriculture practices include the participation in alternative markets and other networks of resistance, cooperation and social mobilization, as well as food processing and the rationalization of commodification. This helps shape public policies and initiatives of resistance, cooperation and social mobilization, and to enforce a agro-ecological transition of local agri-food systems and alternative markets for food sovereignty. Ten production systems from the peasant economy in three Latina American contexts have been studied and compared focusing on economic, monetary, energy and social aspects. The results show that only three of ten production systems were sustainable in those aspects. L'incontro rappresenta il sedicesimo incontro del ciclo "Gli appuntamenti di Solars. Energy, Power and Nature. Strategie di transizione verso la sostenibilità" a.a. 2016/2017

UNESCO District. Regions Forum for integrated management of UNESCO sites

Thursday 8 June 2017, room Graf
Rettorato dell’Università di Torino, via Po 15, Torino
Session 1:
10.30 a.m.-1.00 p.m.
§ Presentazioni introduttive:
- Quaderno CSS-Ebla “UNESCO Clusters. Towards an integrated management perspective for UNESCO multiple designated areas”;
- Quaderno MiBACT “Un marchio per la valorizzazione dei territori di eccellenza: dai siti UNESCO ai luoghi italiani della cultura, dell’arte e del paesaggio”;
- Attività di ricerca “UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Development and Territory Management”;
§ Discussion
Session 2:
2.30-5.00 p.m.
§ Presentazione dello stato dell’arte e proposte di lavoro da parte dei rappresentanti delle Regioni e dei siti/territori UNESCO intervenuti (tavola rotonda e dibattito sulle proposte)
§ Condivisione di linee guida e obiettivi.

AGROVET Festival

AGROVET Festival
Thursday 25 May 2017, 3.00-12.00 p.m.
Campus di Grugliasco, SAMEV, Largo Paolo Braccini, 2 Grugliasco
Torna la Festa AgroVet, organizzata dalla Scuola di Agraria e Medicina Veterinaria (SAMEV) dell’Università di Torino e dal CUS Torino, quest’anno alla VI edizione. Il programma dell’iniziativa prevede attività sportive, esibizioni di band universitarie, grigliata, DJ set e tanto altro ancora.
La Cattedra UNESCO per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile e gestione del territori partecipa con un proprio stand.

Environmental conflicts: management models

Environmental conflicts: management models
Thursday 24 May 2017, 3.00-5.00 p.m., room E2
Campus Luigi Einaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100/a, Torino
Introduce Dario Padovan
Speaker Stefania Ravazzi
Abstract: Policies that produce high environmental and social impacts on specific communities are widely recognized as among the most challenging policies, because they often raise controversies and conflicts, which can obstacle but also redirect decision-making and implementation processes towards new directions. Examples of these policies include, for instance, the localization of energy plants, incinerators, airports, wind farms or the construction of highways, high-speed railways etc. In front of these challenging policies, public institutions can act through different (not necessarily alternative) strategies to reach different goals: conflict prevention, conflict transformation and conflict management. The speech aims at presenting and discussing different strategies of conflict prevention, transformation and management, also with reference to emblematic cases.

Materialism and Speculative Realism: Reflection about Social Analysis

Materialism and Speculative Realism: Reflection about Social Analysis
Thurday 18 May 2017, 3.30 - 5.30, room C4
Campus Luigi Einaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100/a, Torino
Introduzione Dario Padovan
Speaker Jean Claude Leveque, University of Turin
Abstract: E' possibile istituire un dialogo tra il “ realismo speculativo” nella versione di Levi Bryant e un rinnovato materialismo che, senza rinnegare la tradizione marxista, cerchi di metterne in luce alcuni limiti e aporie? Lo scopo della conferenza è quello di spingere entrambe le posizioni filosofiche verso i loro limiti, al fine di evidenziare le possibilità che entrambe aprono per la ricerca sociale e, in particolare, per provare a pensare in modo nuovo gli “oggetti sociali”.

Screening of the documentary JUST EAT IT: a food waste story

Screening of the documentary JUST EAT IT: a food waste story
The Masters Degree in Socio Environmental Sustainability of Agro Food Networks invite you to the screening of the documentary JUST EAT IT: a food waste story Thursday 11 May 2017; 5.30 p.m. room 33
Palazzo Nuovo, via Sant’Ottavio, 15 Torino
PROGRAMME:
Introduction by Prof.ssa Cristiana Peano (UniTo)
Intervention by Dott. Corgnati (Piedmont Region - Una Buona Occasione project Coordinator)
Screening of the documentary JUST EAT IT: a food waste story
Debate and discussion
An event organized as part of the UniToGO - Food Lab project.
TRAILER:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkASAZGIuu0
SYNOPSIS:
Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. What they find is truly shocking. (http://www.foodwastemovie.com/)
PRESS:
“Hugely entertaining study of America's culture of excess ... will leave audiences gobsmacked.” Variety. "Fantastic....educational, entertaining, and potentially life-changing”. The Arts Guild

Cities in Global Capitalism: Entrepreneurialisation of society and the self

Cities in Global Capitalism: Entrepreneurialisation of society and the self
Thursday 30 March 2017, 3.00 - 5.00 p.m., room E5
Campus Luigi Einaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100/a, Torino
Introduce Dario Padovan
Speaker Ugo Rossi, Università di Torino
Abstract: This seminar will present and discuss the newly published book entitled ‘Cities in Global Capitalism’ (Polity, 2017). The book revolves around the key question of why the fates of cities and capitalism have become so inextricable in times of globalization. Looking at such different forces as financialization, innovative entrepreneurship, the housing sector, consumption, technology, the experience economy, the book offers a comparative analysis of the ways in which urban economies and societies reflect and at the same time act as engines of global capitalism in a biopolitical age.
In particular, the book shows how post-recession cities are witnessing a shift from an entrepreneurialisation of governance structures, as was theorised by David Harvey in the late 1980s, to an entrepreneurialisation of society and the self, enabled by digital technologies and related communicative networks.

Entering the era of voluntary decline? Exploring Promethean tecnologies and decreasing returns

Entering the era of voluntary decline? Exploring Promethean tecnologies and decreasing returns
Thursday 16 March 2017, 3.00-5.00 p.m., room E5
Campus Luigi EInaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100/a, Torino
Introduce Dario Padovan
Speaker Ugo Rossi, University of Torino

Energy efficiency cooperation between America and China

Energy efficiency cooperation between America and China
Thursday 23 February 2017, 3.00-5,00 p.m., room 37
Palazzo Nuovo, via Sant'Ottavio 20, Torino
Introduce Dario Padovan
Speaker Winston Gilcrease, Columbia University
Abstract: China has surpassed the U.S. as the world’s largest energy consumer and emitter of greenhouse gas emissions. Energy demand in China continues to grow as a result of rapid urbanization and a fast-growing economy. Fossil fuels are still the leading sources of China’s electricity generation despite its increasing use of renewable energy. There needs to be significant intervention to protect human health and the global environment. Just in the past few years China and the U.S., the two countries that account for 38% of global carbon emissions, have set ambitious goals to cooperate on low carbon development. Multiple bilateral agreements have been signed to achieve these goals. To solve the climate and energy nexus, both countries must work closely together. Energy efficiency and other low carbon technologies are key to the way forward. With today’s vulnerable political climate, bilateral cooperation between China and the U.S. is more imperative than ever before.

Raw material and the total process of capitalist production: Marxist traditions and implications for social sciences and ecological impact measurement methods

Raw material and the total process of capitalist production: Marxist traditions and implications for social sciences and ecological impact measurement methods
Thursday 2 February 2017, 2.30-4.30 p.m., room F3
Campus Luigi EInaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100/a, Torino
Introduce Dario Padovan
Speaker Valter Zanin, Universiy of Padua
Abstract: The ecological and climate crisis has re-opened the possibility of the acknowledgment of the Marxian critique of the impact that the capitalist mode of production has on the environment. Marx discusses the role of raw materials in the total process of capitalist production at various levels – above all theorizing the systemic unbalance between the production of means of consumption and the production of goods of production; and expounding the role of the rent and of the monopoly of raw materials as crisis’ factor. The Marx’s schemes of capital reproduction do not refer only to the monetary dimension of the value, but to the chemical-physical volumes and processes, and to the social and socio-technical processes too. This fact has several consequences as for instance that the Marx’s theory and methodology develop an advance critique to the majority of the today dominating trends in social sciences, providing a pulse to solve limits and impasses that characterize the today prevailing methods to calculate the environmental and social impacts of the production and consumption processes.

Storage and Scarcity. New Practices for Food, Energy and Water

Storage and Scarcity. New Practices for Food, Energy and Water
The Masters Degree in Socio Environmental Sustainability of Agro Food Networks invite you to the inaugural lesson Speaker: Giorgio Osti, University of Trieste Tursday 26 January 2017, 2.00-16.00 p.m., room LL4 Campus Luigi Einaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100/a, Torino Volume presentation: "Storage and scarcity. New practices for food, energy and water" (Routledge 2016)

The contribution of ecosystem services towards scenarios of circular economy

The contribution of ecosystem services towards scenarios of circular economy
Thursday 25 January 2017, 2.00-4.00, room D3
Campus Luigi Einaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100/a, Torino
Introduce Dario Padovan
Speakers
Joachim Maes, JRC EU Science Hub
and Sara Sozzo, Associazione italiana Cultura Qualità
Abstract: Ecosystems supply goods and services that are of considerable importance for livelihood and well-being. Agriculture plays a significant role in ecosystems though the production of food, raw materials and fuels.
In Europe, scope exists for improving ecosystem services from farmland, forests, marine and fresh waters via the integration of agronomic, environmental and social functions into sustainable production and consumption.
Circular economic system can take advantage from a rational and harmonious use of Ecosystem services.
Second meeting of "Solars appointment. Energy, Power and Nature. Strategies towards sustainability.

RecuperiaOli. Circular economy practices: a drop of oil for a soap bubble

RecuperiaOli. Circular economy practices: a drop of oil for a soap bubble
Thursday 12 January 2017, 4,30-6,30 p.m., room D1
Campus Luigi Einaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100/a, Torino
Introduce Dario Padovan
Speaker Massimo Perletto, Progetto RecuperiamOli
Discussants
Elena Ugazio, Dip. Scienza e Tecnologia del Farmaco
Claudia Barolo, Dip. di Chimica
Abstract: In Italia vengono immessi al consumo circa 1.400.000 tonnellate di olio vegetale, da cui si ottengono circa 280.000 tonnellate di rifiuto di cui 160.000 tonnellate da utenze domestiche e 120.000 da utenze commerciali. Ogni famiglia produce mediamente in Italia circa 10 kg di olio vegetale esausto per anno. Un kg di olio vegetale esausto inquina una superficie acquatica di 1.000 m2. Se gettato negli scarichi delle nostre abitazioni finisce ai depuratori comunali. Questi impianti, che trattano le acque reflue delle nostre città, per poter depurare 1 kg di olio impiegano prodotti ed energia elettrica per un costo di circa 0,5 €/kg. Recuperare l'olio vegetale esausto prodotto permette di risparmiare risorse ed energia e creare nuovi prodotti ecosostenibili.


Actività 2016

The territories of energy production without carbon emission. Social history of nuclear and renewable sites in France and Italy

The territories of energy production without carbon emission. Social history of nuclear and renewable sites in France and Italy
Monday 13 June 2016, 9.00 a.m. - 1.30 p.m., room "Sala Lauree Rossa"
Campus Luigi Einaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100/a, Torino

On Crude Oil and the Apeiron

On Crude Oil and the Apeiron
Thursday 9th June 2016, 3.00 - 5.00 p.m., room C3
Campus Luigi Einaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100/a, Torino
Speaker Franco Ruzzenenti, Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
Abstract: In spite of electrification, digitalization, nuclear and renewable energy, IT and the WEB, is Crude Oil in the global economy and post-industrial society still the apeiron of our world?
There is a general and trivial understanding that oil is the most important energy source, yet, at the same time, the role of oil in our world is still underestimated, if not, sometimes, masked. On the track toward a carbon-free economy, can we keep considering oil just as another energy source and replaceable as long as production function and the relative price allows it? Oil shapes the present, global economy in many ways, ranging from material production to transports, from chemistry to agriculture, from the monetary system to the financial sector. And, of course, geopolitics. Our world is composed by oil derivatives, directly or indirectly. Oil is transfused into the production of most things, in so far that it resembles what for some ancient Greek philosophers was the apeiron. The unmoulded, unlimited, primal substance that yields the building material for the World. Oil, we must acknowledged, is not unlimited though. In this seminar we will look at three fundamental aspects of the oilification of economy and society:
1) oil as an energy source,
2) oil as a financial asset,
3) oil as a metabolic regulator.
Finally, we will demonstrate the profound impact the oil price has on the global division of labor and and structure of the global economy.
Eleventh meeting of "Energy and Power. Social ontology perspectives and energy transitions"Campus Luigi Einaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100/a, Torino
Organized during the EU Sustainable Energy week

The "energy for the future". Thermonuclear fusion and European integration in an historical perspective.

The "energy for the future". Thermonuclear fusion and European integration in an historical perspective.
Wednesday 18 May 2016, 3.00 - 5.00 p.m., room D2,
Campus Luigi Einaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100/a, Torino
Barbara Curli, University of Torino
Abstract: ITER, il controverso progetto internazionale di fusione termonucleare controllata attualmente in costruzione a Cadarache (Francia) da parte dell’Unione europea con altri sette paesi, è il più grande esperimento di fusione del mondo e il maggiore progetto scientifico europeo, ed è stato definito “one the largest and most expensive science projects ever”.
Il seminario intende risalire alle origini storiche di questo progetto, a partire dal primo programma di ricerca sulla fusione nucleare in Europa alla fine degli anni Cinquanta nell’ambito dell’Euratom, e nel quadro delle rivalità tecno-scientifiche della Guerra fredda e della discussione sul ruolo della big science nell’integrazione dell’Europa attraverso grandi progetti di modernizzazione delle infrastrutture della crescita economica.
L’evoluzione successiva del programma europeo sarà condizionata dalle crisi energetiche degli anni Settanta, dalla crisi del nucleare da fissione e dalla fine della Guerra fredda. Allo stesso tempo, lo sviluppo della ricerca sulla fusione contribuirà alla trasformazione del discorso sulle fonti di energia del futuro, in particolare sull’utopia di realizzare in terra l’ “energia delle stelle”.
Tenth meeting of "Energy and Power. Social ontology perspectives and energy transitions"
Organized during the EU Sustainable Energy week

Unito Green Office. The kick off meeting

Unito Green Office. The kick off meeting
11 May 2016, h. 9.00 a.m. , room Aula Magna
Università degli Studi di Torino, Cavallerizza Reale, Via Verdi 9
UniToGO (Unito GreenOffice) is the new Hub for the Sustainability: in order to reach the University target " Increasing the social, economic and environmental responsibility of the University of Turin" of the strategic GuideLines 2016-2020, UniToGo has been set up.
UniToGo will lead, coordinate and promote every activities and initiatives about environmental sustainability within the University of Turin.

Energy in the EU : birth of a community of legal phenomenon?

Energy in the EU : birth of a community of legal phenomenon?
Thursday 5th May 2016, , h.3.00 - 5.00 p.m., room C3
Campus Luigi Einaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100/a, Torino
Speaker: Elisa Ruozzi Università di Torino
Abstract: The seminar will discuss the current EU energy legislative framework taking into account two sectors of EU activity and policies : the fight against climate change on one side and the internal market on the other. As regards the first aspect, energy comes into play under several and intertwined points of view : the EU commitments in terms of GHG reduction; the promotion of the use of biomass as a clean source of energy; energy efficiency; the development of new technology for GHG reduction such as carbon capture and storage. However, the energy community the EU is trying to create is not only a “green” community but as well (especially?) an economic community, deeply concerned with competition among operators, free circulation of economic factors and consumer protection. These aspects has been dealt with through the electricity and gas directives, setting detailed rules for the functioning of the internal market, such as “unbundling” obligations , access to third parties to the grid as well as consumers’ freedom to chose the operator they wish without incurring in additional costs. These elements can be the starting point for a discussion about whether an energy community actually exists in the EU or whether energy is just a legal phenomenon falling under different, isolated EU competences.
Nineth meeting of "Energy and Power. Social ontology perspectives and energy transitions"

The changing climates projetct: a corpus-based investigation

The changing climates projetct: a corpus-based investigation
Wednesday 27 April 2016, h.3.00 - 5.00 p.m., room LL4
Campus Luigi Einaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100/a, Torino
Speaker: Carmen Dayrell Lancaster University
Abstract: Although climate change has reached a broad scientific consensus with respect to its impacts and the urgent need to take actions, global cooperation for its solution has not yet been achieved. Our research project examines the ways printed newspapers have framed climate change issues across four countries: Britain, Brazil, Germany and Italy. Our ultimate aim is to investigate the role that mass media in shaping public opinion. These countries are all major emitters of greenhouse gases but their citizens reveal different attitudes and different levels of concern towards climate-change related issues (PEW 2010; EC 2011). This paper presents the results of such cross-cultural analysis, focusing on the British - Brazilian results and the preliminary Italian results, and discusses interesting differences between these countries. This paper will also discuss the methodological questions arising from combining critical discourse analysis with corpus linguistics methods to carry out a diachronic analysis across four national discourses, recounting the various stages and the reasons behind our decisions.
Eighth meeting of "Energy and Power. Social ontology perspectives and energy transitions"

Complex Systems and Energy Transitions: Problems Caused by Energy and Information Reification

Complex Systems and Energy Transitions: Problems Caused by Energy and Information Reification
Wednesday 23 March 2016, h. 3,00-5,00 p.m., room LL4,
Campus Luigi Einaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100/a, Torino
Speaker: Nicola Labanca JRC, Institute for Energy and Transport Renewables and Energy Efficiency Unit
Abstract: 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 metaphors around which the rituals generated by complex systems are arranged and b) how complex systems tend to generate a process of dis-embedding whereby they escape social control while reinforcing a perception of resources scarcity.
Seventh meeting of "Energy and Power. Social ontology perspectives and energy transitions"

Rebound effect and energy transition

Rebound effect and energy transition
Wednesday 24 February 2016, h. 3,00-5,00 p.m., room LL4
Campus Luigi Einaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100/a, Torino
Speaker: Osman Arrobbio, University of Torino
Sixth meeting of "Energy and Power. Social ontology perspectives and energy transitions"

Not the new Kuwait: Poland’s shale gas narratives from illusion to deception

Not the new Kuwait: Poland’s shale gas narratives from illusion to deception
Thursday 11 February 2016, h. 3,00-5,00 p.m., room LL6
Campus Luigi Einaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100/a, Torino
Speaker: Roberto Cantoni, ENPC (Ecole des Ponts ParisTech)
Abstract: In 2011, the US Energy Information Administration attributed to Poland Europe's largest reserves of shale gas. This data prompted sudden interest by a number of foreign gas companies. The Polish government initially strongly supported shale gas frenzy by adopting a neoliberal agenda centred on narratives of national energy autonomy from Russia, and on the image of Poland as a new energy titan, or a ‘new Kuwait’. However in the last two years fluctuating tax regimes and difficult geology prompted most foreign companies to leave Poland. Through a series of interviews carried out locally with representatives of oil companies, NGOs, activists and consultancy firms, I analyse the crumbling of the Polish energy autonomy dream.
Fifth meeting of "Energy and Power. Social ontology perspectives and energy transitions"

Towards energy transition: prospects and challenges after Cop 21

Towards energy transition:  prospects and challenges after Cop 21
Thursday, 21 january 2016, h. 9,00 p.m.
Lombroso 16, via Cesare Lombroso16, Torino
Speakers:
Ugo Bardi, University of Firenze
Angelo Tartaglia, Politecnico of Torino

Peak Oil and Energy Transition

Peak Oil and Energy Transition
Thursday 21 January 2016, h. 3,00-5,00 p.m., room LL6
Campus Luigi Einaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100/a, Torino
Speaker: Ugo Bardi, University of Florence
Abstract: Planning the appropriate renewable energy installation rates should balance two partially contradictory objectives: substituting fossil fuels fast enough to stave-off the worst consequences of climate change while maintaining a sufficient net energy flow to support the world's economy and population. The upfront energy invested in constructing a renewable energy infrastructure subtracts from the net energy available for societal energy needs, a fact typically neglected in future energy projections. Modeling feasible energy transition pathways to provide different net energy levels we find that they are critically dependent on the fossil fuel emissions cap and phase-out profile and on the characteristic energy return on energy invested of the renewable energy technologies. The easiest pathway requires installation of renewable energy plants to accelerate from 0.2TWp/year in 2013 to peak between 6 and 10.2 Wp/year, for an early or a late fossil-fuel phase-out respectively in order for emissions to stay within the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change CO2 budget recommendation.
Forth meeting of "Energy and Power. Social ontology perspectives and energy transitions"


Actività 2015

Understanding food’s thermodynamics. An introduction to system thinking

Understanding food’s thermodynamics. An introduction to system thinking
Thursday 17 December 2015, h. 3,00-5,00 p.m., room LL6
Campus Luigi Einaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100/a, Torino
Speaker: Alessandro Cerutti, University of Torino
Abstract: Tra le tante cose che i giorni dell'EXPO di Milano 2015 hanno lasciato c'è l'idea che un cibo del futuro, senza impatti ambientali e rispettoso dei produttori, sia ormai alle porte. Ma cosa significa produrre il cibo in modo sostenibile ed è davvero possibile farlo? Lo studio dei flussi di energia e dei cicli di materia nei sistemi agroalimentari offre chiavi di lettura per una realtà molto complessa, fatta di interessi che si scontrano, etichette ambientali spesso incomprensibili e una disponibilità di suolo agricolo sempre minore. Esistono diversi indicatori, spesso poco conosciuti come l'analisi eMergetica, che permettono di dare indicazioni misurabili sulla rinnovabilità dei sistemi e la loro capacità di sfruttare in modo efficiente l'energia che acquisiscono.
Un percorso guidato attraverso l'analisi di casi di studio su sistemi agroalimentari metterà in luce gli aspetti termodinamici più importanti per capire se sia davvero possibile raggiungere uno stile di alimentazione sostenibile.
Third meeting of "Energy and Power. Social ontology perspectives and energy transitions"

Flat Ontology: objects, machines, and energy.

Flat Ontology: objects, machines, and energy.
Thursday 19 November 2015, h. 3,00-5,00 p.m., room LL6
Campus Luigi Einaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100/a, Torino
Speaker: Jean Claude Leveque, Università di Madrid
Second meeting of "Energy and Power. Social ontology perspectives and energy transitions"

Sociology of Energy or energetic sociology?

Sociology of Energy or energetic sociology?
Tuesday, 27 October 2015, h. 2.00-5.00 p.m., room LL6
Campus Luigi Einaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100/a, Torino
Speaker: Alfredo Agustoni , Università di Chieti
Second meeting of "Energy and Power. Social ontology perspectives and energy transitions"


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