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The Energy Humanities is an emerging field of study about energy and society.


Energy shapes culture. How we work, play, dream, and live is indebted to our use of fossil fuels.


We need new ways of thinking about energy. Art, philosophy, literature, and history can help us see our future and the challenges we face in a new light


Becoming sustainable requires more than replacing combustion engines with batteries. It means living together differently.


Solar panels, electric cars, or plastic-eating microbes? Let’s move beyond technocentric solutions to social and political problems.


Read what energy humanities scholars are saying.

Mark Simpson, Imre Szeman, and Caleb Wellum
Welcome to Energy Humanities

Developed by the Transitions in Energy, Culture, and Society (TECS) project and the Petrocultures Research Group, energy humanities will feature commentary on current developments in energy and the environment, announcements and news items, and video interviews with influential and emerging voices on energy & society. This site will act as a gathering place for the exciting insights the humanities provide about the social nature of our environmental crises.

March 15, 2021
The Black Gold Tapestry
Joan Sullivan

In 2008, Canadian artist Sandra Sawatzky set out to embroider the social history of oil. Nine years and 17, 000 hours of work later, she completed her epic Black Gold Tapestry, which visualizes our relationship to energy like never before.

March 8, 2021
The Anthropocene in Global Media: Neutralizing the Risk: The Project and the Book
Leslie Sklair

Leslie Sklair, Professor Emeritus in Sociology at the London School of Economics, introduces an important new study of global media coverage of the Anthropocene.

March 3, 2021
The Energy Humanities and Russian Energy Futures
Taste the Waste

Taste the Waste argues that the Russian government's vision of the energy future will harm both the planet and many groups living on the margins of Russian society.


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Learn from leading thinkers about energy and society.

What is the Fossil Fuels Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative

Rebecca Byrnes, the Deputy Director at the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty sits down with Imre Szeman to discus the FFNPT and the challenges they face, climate change, the idea of a fossil fuel registry and more!

Annamie Paul on Canada's role in the fight against climate change

Imre Szeman and Caleb Wellum speak with Annamie Paul, leader of the Green Party of Canada, about Canada's international role in the fight against climate change.

Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

Fossil fuels, like nuclear weapons, are a major global threat. Watch this video to hear more about a proposed global framework to phase out coal, oil and gas fairly and forever. Endorse the concept as an organisation or individual at #ClimateWeekNYC

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