ENERGY HUMANITIES

We generate new ways of thinking about energy and culture.

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ENERGY HUMANITIES

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

ENERGY & CULTURE

Energy shapes culture. How we work, 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, or plastic-eating microbes? Let’s move beyond technocentric solutions to social and political problems.

NEWS & ARTICLES

Read what energy humanities scholars are saying.

October 6, 2020
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.

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November 25, 2020
Casey Williams

What Louisiana’s Election Results Say About Fossil Fuels’ Future in the U.S. South

In the recent U.S. elections, Louisianians voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump and against subsizing polluting industries. Casey Williams explains how to understand this result and what it could mean for the future of fossil fuels.

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November 13, 2020
Caleb Wellum

COVID-19, Electric Cars, and the Life-Sized City

COVID-19 may be fueling flight from urban density that will undercut a green recovery. Caleb Wellum questions technocentric approaches to green recovery and explores the TVO series "The Life-Sized City" as a resource for thinking about renewing city life.

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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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