Deathless Hopes: Reinventions of Afterlife and Eschatological Beliefs

The ‘Deathless Hopes’ conference will examine the subject of eschatology in Jewish and Christian traditions from an international and interdisciplinary perspective. Issues such as the hope of resurrection, apocalyptic scenarios, and cosmic redemption have been a hotbed of religious invention, renewal, and innovation with significant social consequences. Hosted by Oranim Academic College of Education in Tivon, Israel, the conference is funded by a Lautenschlaeger Symposium Grant.

I am very much looking forward to delivering my talk entitled ‘Technoscientific Afterlives: The New Cultural Practices and the Realm of Post-Modern Spirituality.’ Conference schedule is available to download from Fuller Theological Seminary website. For more information about the Fuller Theological Seminary please see Fuller Theological Seminary latest news or go to events page.

CLNR Report: Energy Practices and Flexibility

CLNR Report Domestic Customers: Energy Practices and Flexibility is now available to download.

This paper provides a synopsis of the research findings produced by the social science team at Durham University in collaboration with the engineering research team at Durham and Newcastle Universities.

Authors: Klara Anna Capova, Gareth Powells, Harriet Bulkeley and Steve Lyon, Durham University.

CLNR Report on Electrical Vehicle Users

This report describes the CLNR (Customer-Led Network Revolution) trial which examined electric vehicles usage patterns and expected network loading in the event of large-scale take-up of electric vehicles.

The trial involved domestic customers who owned an electric vehicle and had access to a home charger, analysis being carried out by Durham University’s CLNR project engineering and social science teams. Observations are based on a semi-qualitative analysis of EV dataset collated from online survey, face to face interviews with householders enrolled in the CLNR project, and power monitoring data collected from households and electric vehicle (EV) chargers.

This CLNR project output is the largest socio-technical study of domestic EV charging in the UK.

CLNR Summary published online: Heat Pumps

The High Level Summary of Learning: Heat Pump Customers is now free to download (pdf).

This summary presents the key messages from the final analysis of the domestic heat pump group in the Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR) monitoring trials. It presents outputs from the largest study of household electricity use in the UK and provides integrated socio-technical analysis of domestic customer loads and electrical consumption on the basis of interdisciplinary multimethod research.

Authors: Sandra Bell, Klara Anna Capova, Christian Barteczko-Hibbert, Peter Matthews, Robin Wardle, Harriet Bulkeley, Stephen Lyon, and Ellis Judson, Durham University and Gareth Powells, Newcastle University

International Committee for the History of Technology reports on “Sounds of Space”

Newsletter of the International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC) reports on the Sounds of Space workshop organized by William R. Macauley and the Emmy Noether Research Group “The Future in the Stars: European Astroculture and Extraterrestrial Life in the Twentieth Century.” The workshop gathered more than two dozen scholars at Freie Universität Berlin in late November 2012. It set out to investigate how outer space was sonically imagined between the late 1940s and 1980. Broadening academic work on astroculture – hitherto focused on visual aspects – into another sensorial dimension was the main objective.

Read and/or download the ICOHTEC Newsletter, No 98, June 2013.

How to get a message across?

The poster I am sharing today was presented at the Postgraduate Anthropology Conference in Durham in May. The poster was intended as a case study of how the visual evidence can be used and utilised in writing about science and global popular culture.

The poster introduces the science in search for life beyond earth as a case study of a dynamic scientific practice and presents reflections on this practice in global popular culture and mass media. The ‘search’ is a temporal practice that is also culturally biased and takes place in societal context.

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