Feminist Energy Futures: Power Shift and Environmental Social Justice
Explorations and Experiments in the Future of Energy, Culture and Society” is a collaborative, interdisciplinary research partnership designed to explore, critically and creatively, the social, cultural and political changes necessary to facilitate a full-scale transition from fossil fuels to new forms of energy. A foundational premise underpins the research and research-creation envisioned in “After Oil”: that energy is crucial in determining how we live. The energy forms in any one era fundamentally shape the attributes and capabilities of societies in that era. Accordingly, a genuine and comprehensive shift in energy today demands, in addition to the adoption of renewable, ecologically sustainable energy sources, a wholesale transformation in contemporary petroculture: those political structures, built environments, social dynamics, educational systems, discursive modes, values, practices, habits, beliefs and affects that, seeming unrelated to energy, exist as they do because of the shaping force of oil.
Petroculture Research Group
I am the co-director of the Petrocultures Research Group–a project co-founded with Imre Szeman.
Petrocultures is an international research group (founded in 2011 at the University of Alberta) whose aim is to support, produce, and distribute research related to the social, cultural and political implications of oil and energy use on individuals, communities, and societies around the world.