Energy history conference arranged by the Centre for Energy and Society, CES

The theme of this conference is “Energy and Culture”. It will be held on the 7th and 8th of February, 2007 in Esbjerg, Denmark.

All enquiries to Mogens Rüdiger, email: [email protected]

What is a day without energy? Whether we are waking up to a day of work or relaxation, energy is indispensable. From the ring of the alarm clock at the start of the day, to the rotating movement of the electric toothbrush at the days end, our lives are based upon energy.

The culture of the modern world involves a sizeable and continuous consumption of energy. The natural conditions made certain by the alternation between light and dark, between warmth and cold, have been suspended by the introduction of electric lighting and heating into the home. In most parts of the world we have light whenever we desire it, and the home maintains a comfortable temperature of 20 degrees Celsius, by use of either heating or air-conditioning. The welfare state has significantly hastened this development, to the degree that notions such as wellness and individual well-being have become natural elements of our consumer culture.

The massive entry of energy into homes has influenced their interior and appearance. In addition to architecture, the many electrical appliances and machines have both made possible, and become an important part of, the transformation of everyday life. For example, the advent of washing- and dishwashing machines has both relieved much of the drudgery of performing such tasks, and at the same time has paved the way for a greater and more differentiated consumption of clothes as well as kitchen and eating utensils. In concurrence with the increasing significance of appliances, their designs have become important insignia of everyday life.

Energy has also promoted mobility in society. The transportation of people and goods constitutes a significant part of energy consumption, whilst the reach and velocity of communication has burgeoned.

In short, energy subsumes many aspects of culture, and in line with this, we invite papers from within themes such as: Architecture Design Consumer Culture Work Culture The history of lighting The history of heating Air-conditioning Motoring and transport Energy consumption’s eco-history Energy and gender Energy conservation The concept of energy – before and now Energy and the welfare state Energy and wellness

Proposals for papers (approx. one A4 page) may be submitted, together with a short CV, by the 1/09 to [email protected].

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