Cultures of Energy welcomes Dr. Laura Nader, Thursday October 18 4:30-6pm (100 Herring Hall).

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012
Cultures of Energy welcomes Dr. Laura Nader, Thursday October 18 4:30-6pm (100 Herring Hall).

“Energy: The Specialist and the Generalist”


Overhauling specialization can have devastating consequences for energy planning and works against a more holistic thinking.  The generalist perspective allow us to see how pieces of energy fit together in the context or do not.  In contrast, short term specialist thinking results in distorted views of life on the planet, one based on growth models in spite of decreasing resources.  The bigger picture allows us to rethink 40-50 years of energy panic and is suggestive of more pragmatic thinking about energy.  My talk will address more generally why the federal level has been stalled in the past several decades while being surpassed by Germany and other European countries and Japan, and now China, and addresses what it might take for special interests to shift gears for the common good.


Laura Nader is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkely, and has held visiting professorships at the Yale University Law School and Wellesley College. Nader’s current work focuses on how central dogmas are made and how they work in law, energy science, and anthropology. Harmony, Ideology, Injustice and Control in a Mountain Zapotec Village (1990) and The Life of the Law: Anthropological Projects (2002) indicate a wide range of interests in the law that has moved from village sites into national and international arenas. Energy Choices in a Democratic Society (1980) is the initial work that has continued on in the area of energy and resources culminating in Naked Science: Anthropological Inquiry into Boundaries, Power, and Knowledge (1996). This work reflects a theoretical perspective that crosses disciplinary boundaries. Essays in Controlling Processees (1994, 1996, 2002) is ongoing work that attemps to synthesize contemporary work on power and control. Nader is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1995 the Law and Society Association awarded her the Kalven Prize for distinguished research on law and society.


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