After Oil 3: Volatile Trajectories Podcast Series

November 25, 2022

Mark Simpson, Scott Stoneman, Imre Szeman, and Caleb Wellum

Driven by the urgent need to reject the reigning energy regime of fossil fuels, a collective of researchers and writers who collaborate under the name After Oil recently got together to begin a new project, After Oil 3 (AOS 3). One of the goals of the first AOS 3 meeting in October 2022 was to imagine specific pathways out of our current impasse, to explore ways of walking those pathways, and to think deeply about climate action. An outcome of that meeting--a six-episode podcast series called Volatile Trajectories--has just been released online and will be featured in the Environmental Humanities Month 2022 Program.

Written and recorded over a day and a half at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in October 2022, Volatile Trajectories features leading and emerging energy humanities researchers in conversation about how we find our way beyond fossil fuels and climate crisis.

The podcast episodes are available embedded below, on the EH Video page, and on YouTube.

AOS 3 is a joint project of the Petrocultures Research Group and Transitions in Energy, Culture, and Society, with funding from Future Energy Systems and the Canada First Research Fund.

Organizers: Mark Simpson, Scott Stoneman, Imre Szeman, and Caleb Wellum.

Contributors: Stacey Balkan, Darin Barney, Cara Daggett, Tommy Davis, Emily Eaton, Walter Gordon, Eva-Lynn Jagoe, Robert Johnson, Graeme MacDonald, Swaralipi Nandi, Penelope Plaza, Terra Schwerin Rowe, Hiroki Shin, Allan Stoekl, Scott Stoneman, Jennifer Wenzel, Sarah Marie Wiebe, Rhys Williams, and Anna Zalik.

AOS 3 is planning to meet several times in 2023-2024, adding new collaborators and creating more exciting work. Keep an eye out for a new book and other experiments in the coming months.

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