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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May 3, 2021
Helios 1: Simon Orpana's Gasoline Dreams
Simon Orpana and Caleb Wellum

Helios is a new interview series about cutting edge EH research and the creative processes that bring it to life. Our first installment features Simon Orpana, an artist and researcher from Hamilton, ON who turns sophisticated concepts and complex histories into arresting graphic narratives.

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April 20, 2021
Travelling out of sight? Mapping the flight networks of Canada's gold mining industry
Sydney Hart

Researcher Sydney Hart explains his web-based project to scrutinize the flight networks that support the operations of some of the world's largest gold mining companies. Rather than "flight shaming" individuals, "Mining Maps" shines a light on corporate responsibility for climate change.

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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.

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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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