ENERGY HUMANITIES

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ENERGY HUMANITIES

A new way to understand energy and society.

ENERGY & CULTURE

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

HUMANITIES APPROACH

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

SOCIAL TRANSITION

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

BEYOND TECHNO-UTOPIANISM

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

NEWS & ARTICLES

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 features 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 gathers some of the most exciting and important insights humanities researchers provide about the social nature of our environmental crises.

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September 8, 2022
Low Carbon Justice in Canada's Net-Zero Transition
Temitope Onifade

Achieving net-zero is a complex process beset by many challenges. Writing about the Canadian context, Temitope Onifade, a legal scholar and instructor in climate law and policy at the University of British Columbia, explains the need to develop and apply a "low carbon justice" approach to the actions that Canada takes to reduce its carbon emissions. If it doesn't prioritize justice, Onifade argues, Canada will once again fail its most vulnerable populations.

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August 11, 2022
Author's Note: A Strategic Nature: Public Relations and the Politics of American Environmentalism
Melissa Aronczyk

In this author's note on her new co-authored book, A Strategic Nature, Melissa Aronczyk explores the connection between public relations and carbon democracy. Aronczyk also details her surprising relationship with E. Bruce Harrison, the PR pioneer who dedicated his career to crafting messages for chemical and energy companies and whose contributions to our contemporary "culture of publicity" continue to shape political struggles over the environment.

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August 2, 2022
Author's Note: Pipeline Populism: Grassroots Environmentalism in the Twenty-First Century
Kai Bosworth

In this author's note on his new book, Pipeline Populism, geographer Kai Bosworth explores the challenges of forging the kinds of broad and effective political coalitions required to achieve a just and sustainable future.

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videos & Interviews

In Conversation: Kazim Ali and Robert Boschman

In their astonishing memoirs, published only weeks apart, Kazim Ali and Robert Boschman explore how their personal and family stories overlap with histories of violence, colonialism, indigenous dispossession, and energy development in Western Canada.

What is the Fossil Fuels Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative?

Rebecca Byrnes, Deputy Director of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative, sits down with Imre Szeman to discuss climate change, the initiative's anti-nuclear roots, and how a fossil fuel treaty could be a driver of international change.

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

EH editors 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.

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