The (Dis)Comforts of Home: Cross-cultural Perspectives on Domestic Energy Use

An Interdisciplinary Symposium at UCL. 13-14 Sept 2012



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The venue for both days is the Garwood Lecture Theatre, on the first floor of the South Wing, Wilkins Building, UCL Main Quad. Entry is via the staircase at the South-East corner of the quad, opposite the Registry corridor.


09.15            Registration

09.45            Welcome

Part I: Building design and energy

10.00            Professor Tadj Oreszczyn (Director, UCL Energy Institute):  Domestic Energy: What’s at Stake?

10.45            Richard Jackson (Head of Environmental Sustainability, UCL): Energy at UCL

11.30             Coffee (in the Garden Room, South Wing)

12.00            Essi Viitanen (UCL Scandinavian Studies): Homes or Barracks: Housing Policy and Architecture of the Welfare State

12.30            Dr Claire Thomson: (UCL Scandinavian Studies): Lighting the Day After Tomorrow: The PH Lamp in the Home and on the Screen

13.00            Sandwich lunch (provided: in the Garden Room, South Wing)

Part II: Technology and homeliness

14.00            Dr Lora Koycheva (UCL Mellon Fellow / SSEES): Colourful Responses to Retro-fitting in Bulgaria

14.45            Dr Chiara Ambrosio/Dr Mat Paskins (Dept of Science & Technology Studies):  Electrocultures in the Home

15.30            Break

15.45            Professor Wendy Bracewell (School of Slavonic and East European Studies): Transnational Toilets

16.30            The Meaning of Home: A Cornucopia of Concepts across Languages

18.30            Public Film Screening & Panel Discussion: The Light Bulb Conspiracy (dir. Cosima Dannoritzer, Spain, 2010). With a panel discussion featuring: Juan Ubeda, producer of The Light Bulb Conspiracy

(Venue: Lecture Theatre B05, Chadwick Building, Main Quad)


Part III: Transnational Geographies of Energy Consumption

10.00            Dr Mary Hilson (UCL European Social and Political Studies / Scandinavian Studies): Consumer Co-operatives and the Energy Sector: Historical Legacies

10.45            Dr Russell Hitchings (UCL Geography): Geographies of Thermal Comfort

11.30            Coffee (in the South Wing Committee Room)

11.45           Dr Ellen Rees (University of Oslo): Excess and Asceticism in Norwegian Cabin Culture

12.30            Dr Adam Drazin (UCL Anthropology): Anthropology and Design: Irish and Romanian Perspectives

13.15            Sandwich lunch (provided: in the South Wing Committee Room)

Part IV: Lifestyle and Behaviour Change

14.15            Dr Michelle Shipworth (UCL Energy Institute): Thirty-Five Years of Social Research on Home Energy Use

15.00            Round table: Culture and Domestic Energy Use. Chair: Dr Ben Campkin (Director, UCL Urban Lab)

16.00            Film screening

Philips Radio (Symphonie Industrielle), dir. Joris Ivens, Netherlands, 1931. Introduced by Dr Claire Thomson


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