ENERGY HUMANITIES

We generate new ways of thinking about energy and culture.

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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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January 10, 2022
As the Hydrocarbon Era Comes to an End, We Need a New Focus for Economics
Bart Hawkins Kreps and Clifford W. Cobb

A new book edited by Bart Hawkins Kreps and Clifford W. Cobb explores the collective transformations that will need to take place in a post-fossil fuel, post-economic growth era.

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December 20, 2021
Kazim Ali and Robert Boschman in Conversation
Kazim Ali, Robert Boschman, Imre Szeman, and Caleb Wellum

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. In Fall 2021, Boschman and Ali sat down with Energy Humanities editors to discuss the resonances between their narratives and the themes that unite them. The conversation that followed was an intimate and affecting dialogue between two men wrestling with the past.

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December 10, 2021
Changing the Conversation on Energy at the Centre for Energy Ethics
Mette M. High

The Centre for Energy Ethics (CEE) at the University of St. Andrews is a new and dynamic hub for interdisciplinary research and discussion about energy. The CEE's founding director, social anthropologist Dr. Mette High, explains the genesis of the centre and the "analytical open-mindedness" that informs its approach to changing how we talk about energy.

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videos & Interviews

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.

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 http://fossilfueltreaty.org #ClimateWeekNYC

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