Transition in Energy, Culture and Society (TECS)

Transition in Energy, Culture and Society advances research in the Energy Humanities by focusing on the social and cultural dimensions of energy transition. One of the most significant challenges of transition is that energy use generates habits, practices, beliefs, and desires specific to energy form. The researchers involved with TECS employ qualitative methods of creative critique to understand the links between energy and society and to address and envision aspects of social and cultural life that contemporary publics might need or want to change in the course of large-scale shifts in energy system.


We are pursuing this research by way of several integrated projects and initiatives: articles and books on energy and society; major international conferences on energy and society and innovative workshops on future energy systems; graphic narratives on energy impasse and energy transition; a digital platform on energy transition; a collaborative project on energy transition and the suburban imaginary; and an international youth dialogue on energy futures – an energy literacy project undertaken with colleagues in Education here at the U of A and at UBC and U Toronto.

After Oil School Meeting

Mark Simpson, Imre Szeman, Sheena L Wilson

Misc: Collaborative Meeting

Collaborative Meeting

Mark Simpson, Imre Szeman

Misc: Collaborative Meeting

Editorship

Imre Szeman

Misc: Editor, Energy Humanities -- book series

Literature Review

Valérie Savard

Misc: Literature Review

Meeting

Mark Simpson, Imre Szeman

Misc: Collaborative Meeting

The Energy Unconscious of Postcard Culture circa 1900

Mark Simpson

Misc: Lecture

"Energy Impasse: Investigating the Cultural and Social Barriers to Energy Transition" Insight Grant

Mark Simpson, Imre Szeman

Award

Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentorship

Mark Simpson

Award

Fellowship

Imre Szeman

Award

Fellowship

Imre Szeman

Award

Leverhulme Visiting Professorship in Critical Studies

Imre Szeman

Award

Visiting Fellowship

Imre Szeman

Award

Visiting Professorship of Critical Studies

Imre Szeman

Award

Canada needs an energy transition policy--for the environment and good jobs

Imre Szeman

Scholarly Refereed Journal

"(Non-)Reciprocities: Relations of and Against Extraction"

Jordan Kinder

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

"A Vibrant National Preoccupation": Embracing an Energy Conservation Ethic in the 1970s

Caleb Wellum

Scholarly Refereed Journal

"Afterword"

Mark Simpson

Book Chapter

"Ambivalence and Intensity: The Energy Cultures and Media Materialities of NationBuilder"

Jordan Kinder

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

"Carbon Democracy at ten: an interview with Timothy Mitchell"

Imre Szeman, Caleb Wellum

Scholarly Refereed Journal

"Digital storytelling going viral: Using empathy education to promote environmental action"

Derek Gladwin

Scholarly Refereed Journal

"Energy Impasse"

Mark Simpson

Book Chapter

"Foreword: On Living with and without Fire"

Imre Szeman

Book Chapter

"From Dirty Oil to Ethical Oil: Petroturfing and the Cultural Politics of Canadian Oil after Social Media"

Jordan Kinder

Scholarly Refereed Journal

"Gaming Extractivism: Indigenous Resurgence, Unjust Infrastructures, and the Politics of Play in Elizabeth LaPensée’s 'Thunderbird Strike'"

Jordan Kinder

Scholarly Refereed Journal

"How can formal education support global youth climate mobilization through a focus on energy futures?"

Carrie Karsgaard, Lynette Shultz

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

"Lifestyle"

Mark Simpson

Book Chapter

"More Liquid than Liquid: Solid-Phase Bitumen and Its Forms "

Darin Barney

Scholarly Refereed Journal

"O>C>G>: Oil, Coronavirus and the Promise of Green Futures"

Imre Szeman

Article in professional or trade journals

"Pumpjacks, Playgrounds and Cheap Lives"

Imre Szeman

Book Chapter

"Researchers work with high school students from 18 countries to address energy futures."

Carrie Karsgaard, Lynette Shultz

Website

"Salvage Relations"

Jordan Kinder

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

"Solar Infrastructure as Media of Resistance, or, Indigenous Solarities against Settler Colonialism"

Jordan Kinder

Scholarly Refereed Journal

"The Damaging Impact of Unsustainable Expectations"

Caleb Wellum

Article in professional or trade journals

"The Humanities in Canada: A Complex Ecosystem"

Imre Szeman

Research Report

"The Power of a Global Classroom"

Carrie Karsgaard, Lynette Shultz

Government Publication

"Transforming the Climate Crisis in Global Classrooms: Toxic Futures, Historical Consciousness, and Energy Literacy.”

Carrie Karsgaard, Derek Gladwin, Lynette Shultz

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

"We could power a new green movement by talking about energy change"

Derek Gladwin

Article in popular media

"What is your energy story?"

Derek Gladwin

Website

"Why climate change education needs more empathy"

Derek Gladwin

Misc: Blog Post

2067

Imre Szeman

Other Event

A Line in the Sand

Imre Szeman

Other Event

After Oil

Imre Szeman

Other Event

Afterword

Imre Szeman

Book Chapter

Against Infrastructural Inertia: On the Canadian Extractive State Apparatus

Jordan Kinder

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Almanac for the Beyond

Book

Art, Activism, and the Politics of Pipelines

Imre Szeman

Book Chapter

Beyond Petroculture: Strategies for a Left Energy Transition

Imre Szeman

Article in professional or trade journals

Book review: Oil Money: Middle East Petrodollars and the Transformation of U.S. Empire, 1967-1988 (Cornell UP), by David M. Wight

Caleb Wellum

Misc: Book Review

Climate Change and the Arts: A Post-COP26 Roundtable Discussion

Derek Gladwin

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Communicating Power: Energy, Canada and the Field(s) of Communication

Imre Szeman

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Communicating Power: Energy, Canada and the Field(s) of Communication

Imre Szeman

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Communicating Power: Energy, Canada and the Field(s) of Communication.

Imre Szeman

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Critical Reflections on Research-Creation and Digital Collaboration in Times of Crisis

Caleb Wellum, Emily Roehl, Anne Pasek

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Cultures of Extraction

Imre Szeman

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Data Segregation and Algorithmic Amplification: A Conversation with Wendy Hui Kyong Chun

Anne Pasek

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Democracy / Digital / Environment

Imre Szeman

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Editing, energy humanities.ca website

Caleb Wellum

Misc: Edited Website

Educating about energy futures

Derek Gladwin

Other Event

Eight Principles for a Critical Theory of Energy

Imre Szeman

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Eight Principles for a Critical Theory of Energy

Imre Szeman

Other Event

Eight Principles on Fossil Fuels and the Present

Imre Szeman

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Energizing Finance: The Energy Crisis, Oil Futures, and Neoliberal Narratives

Caleb Wellum

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Energy Commons

Imre Szeman

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Energy Commons

Imre Szeman

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Energy Consciousness

Jordan Kinder

Misc: Theory

Energy Culture: Art and Theory on Oil and Beyond

Imre Szeman

Edited Volume

Energy Emergency Repair Kit

Mark Simpson, Sourayan Mookerjea, Jessie Beier

Misc: art book

Energy Futures

Imre Szeman

Other Event

Energy Humanities

Imre Szeman, Caleb Wellum

Book Chapter

Energy Humanities

Imre Szeman

Other Event

Energy Humanities

Imre Szeman

Other Event

Energy Humanities and the North American Petroleumscape

Imre Szeman

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Energy Humanities: An Anthology

Imre Szeman

Book

Energy Humanities: What We Know and Where We Are Going

Jordan Kinder

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Energy Impasse and the Time of Infrastructure

Mark Simpson

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Energy Justice

Imre Szeman

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Energy Literacy, Transition, and Action

Mark Simpson, Imre Szeman

Other Event

Energy Transition and the Canadian Suburb

Imre Szeman

Article in professional or trade journals

Energy Transitions, Public Policy, and Progressive Politics in Canada

Mark Simpson

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Energy and the New Historical Materialism, Fossil Capital

Jordan Kinder

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Energy literacy and justice in the International Youth Deliberation on Energy Futures (IYDEF) Global Classroom

Carrie Karsgaard, Derek Gladwin, Lynette Shultz

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Engels

Jordan Kinder

Book Chapter

Environmental Communication: An Introduction

Imre Szeman

Other Event

Extractive Capitalist Worldbuilding: Van Ginkel Associates in the North

Jordan Kinder

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Figuring Impasse: Abstraction, Risk, Petroculture

Mark Simpson

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Five Theses on Sabotage in the Shadow of Fossil Capital

Mark Simpson

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Foreword to the Chinese Edition

Imre Szeman

Book Chapter

Fossil Capital Reading Group

Jordan Kinder

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Fracking

Imre Szeman

Book Chapter

From Apartheid to Precarity: On the Politics of Separation

Imre Szeman

Scholarly Refereed Journal

From Dirty Oil to Ethical Oil: Petroturfing and the Cultural Politics of Canadian Oil

Jordan Kinder

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Fueling Culture

Imre Szeman

Book

Future Directions

Imre Szeman

Book Chapter

Gasoline Dreams: Waking Up from Petroculture

Mark Simpson, Imre Szeman, Simon Orpana

Book

Global Scandal - Oil, Landscape, Climate Change

Imre Szeman

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Humanities on the Brink: Energy, Environment, Emergency

Jordan Kinder

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Imagining Futures

Imre Szeman

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Impasse Time

Mark Simpson, Imre Szeman

Scholarly Refereed Journal

In the Last Instance, Heat: On Energy Determinism, Climate, and Cultural Production

Jordan Kinder

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Introduction

Jordan Kinder

Book Chapter

Introduction: From Solar to Solarity

Imre Szeman, Darin Barney

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Introduction: On the Energy Humanities

Imre Szeman

Book Chapter

Introduction: Pipeline Politics

Imre Szeman

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Johns Hopkins Guide to Critical and Cultural Theory

Imre Szeman

Edited Volume

Just Transitions Roundtable

Imre Szeman

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Kerosene

Mark Simpson

Book Chapter

Life After Oil

Imre Szeman

Other Event

Liquid Ethics, Fluid Politics: The Cultural and Material Politics of Petroturfing

Jordan Kinder

Doctoral Thesis/Dissertation

Literature and Energy

Imre Szeman, Jordan Kinder

Book Chapter

Literature and Energy

Imre Szeman

Book Chapter

Low Carbon Research: Building a Greener and More Inclusive Academy

Anne Pasek

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Lubricity: Smooth Oil's Political Frictions

Mark Simpson

Book Chapter

Marx 2018

Imre Szeman

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Mediating Climate, Mediating Scale

Anne Pasek

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Mexico and Extraction

Imre Szeman

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Narratives of resistance: Decolonizing petro-drama and legal education

Derek Gladwin

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Nuclear Futures for Canada

Imre Szeman

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

O, Beautiful Earth (Under the Earth)!

Imre Szeman

Book Chapter

Oil and Media, Oil as Media

Jordan Kinder

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Oil and Media, Oil as Media

Jordan Kinder

Edited Volume

Oil and Media, Oil as Media: Mediating Petrocultures Then and Now

Jordan Kinder

Scholarly Refereed Journal

On Energy impasse: Cultural and Social Barriers to Energy Transition

Mark Simpson, Imre Szeman

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

On Petrocultures

Imre Szeman

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

On Petrocultures: Globalization, Culture, and Energy

Imre Szeman

Book

On Petroturfing

Jordan Kinder

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

On the Politics of Extraction

Imre Szeman

Scholarly Refereed Journal

On the Politics of Region

Imre Szeman

Article in professional or trade journals

On the Politics of Region

Imre Szeman

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Panel discussion

Mark Simpson

Other Event

Peatland folklore lent us will-o-the-wisps and jack-o-lanterns, and can inspire climate action today"

Derek Gladwin

Article in professional or trade journals

Petrocultures

Imre Szeman

Other Event

Petrocultures: Oil, Politics, Culture

Imre Szeman, Sheena L Wilson, Adam Carlson

Edited Volume

Petrocutures: Transitions

Mark Simpson, Imre Szeman, Sheena L Wilson

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Petromyopia 2: Reading Oil

Mark Simpson

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Pipeline Politics

Imre Szeman

Other Event

Pipeline Politics

Imre Szeman

Other Event

Pipeline Politics: Oil, Borders and Energy Futures

Imre Szeman

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Pipelines and Territories: On Energy and Environmental Futures in Canada

Imre Szeman

Other Event

Pipelines and Territories: On Energy and Environmental Futures in Canada

Imre Szeman

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Power Shift

Mark Simpson, Natalie Loveless, Vicki Kwon, Kimberly Skye Richards

Research-Specific Short Film

Preface

Imre Szeman

Book Chapter

Pump and Circumstance: The Nuns’ Island Gas Station as a Transitional Object

Jordan Kinder

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Quitting (the) Habit: Fossil Fuels, Governmentality and the Politics of Energy Dependency

Imre Szeman

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Quitting (the) Habit: Fossil Fuels, Governmentality and the Politics of Energy Dependency

Imre Szeman

Other Event

Relational energy literacy: Sustainability education in the symbiocene

Derek Gladwin

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Response: Rancho Seco Recreational Park (California)

Mark Simpson

Misc: Respondent to conference presentation

Review of Karen Pinkus, Fuel

Imre Szeman

Misc: Book Review

Roundtable on Digital Democracies

Imre Szeman

Other Event

Roundtable on the Anthropocene

Imre Szeman

Other Event

Seeing Carbon Through Silicon

Anne Pasek

Article in professional or trade journals

Solar Futures

Imre Szeman

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Solar Promises

Imre Szeman

Book Chapter

Solar: Six Principles for Energy and Society After Oil

Imre Szeman

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Solarities: Seeking Energy Justice

Mark Simpson, Imre Szeman, Sheena L Wilson, Darin Barney

Book

Solarity

Imre Szeman, Darin Barney

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Solarity: Energy and Society after Oil

Imre Szeman

Other Event

Solarity: Six Theses on Energy Futures

Imre Szeman

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Structures of Legibility: Emerging Approaches to Energy and Infrastructure

Jordan Kinder

Other Event

Supplying a Humanities Approach to Energy Use

Imre Szeman

Article in professional or trade journals

Sustaining Petrocultures: On the Politics and Aesthetics of Oil Sands Reclamation

Jordan Kinder

Book Chapter

Technologized Representations of Labour and Class from the Man in the Machine to the Machine (Wo)man in Science Fiction Film and Television

Valérie Savard

Doctoral Thesis/Dissertation

The Canadian Extractive State Apparatus in the Pandemic Present

Jordan Kinder

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

The Lives and Afterlives of Extractive Landscapes

Jordan Kinder

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

The Market at the End of History: Literary Structuralism and Canadian Infrastructural Aesthetics

Adam Carlson

Doctoral Thesis/Dissertation

Transition in Energy, Culture and Society

Mark Simpson

Misc: Talk

Transitions: On Energy, Pipelines, Art and Justice

Imre Szeman

Other Event

Triggering Transition

Imre Szeman

Other Event

Ukraine, Energy, and Environmental Futures

Imre Szeman

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

What Can the Humanities Contribute to the Global Energy Transition?

Imre Szeman

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

What Is Canada Waiting For to Start Its Transition?

Imre Szeman

Article in professional or trade journals

What is a Petroculture? Conjectures on Energy and Global Culture

Imre Szeman

Other Event

What is your energy story? Narrating energy subjectivity through lived experiences

Derek Gladwin

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Why energy literacy, why now?

Derek Gladwin

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

Workshop

Mark Simpson, Imre Szeman

Other Event

Workshop

Mark Simpson, Imre Szeman

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

“A Black Poet at the 1893 Worlds Fair: Dreams of Equality Through Infrastructure"

Walter Arthur Gordon

Misc: Blog Post

“A Media Genealogy of the War Room.”

Anne Pasek

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

“Afterword"

Imre Szeman

Book Chapter

“Canada’s Foreign Policy Needs to Address Climate Change”

Imre Szeman

Article in popular media

“Carbon Vitalism: Life and the Body in Climate Denial.”

Anne Pasek

Scholarly Refereed Journal

“Carbon’s Four Fixes: A Relational Typology for Communicating about Carbon and Thinking Elementally"

Anne Pasek

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

“Climate Denialism and Culture: From Structures of Finance to Structures of Feeling"

Anne Pasek

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

“Conjectures on World Energy Literature"

Imre Szeman

Book Chapter

“Corporeal Matters: J.P. Clark’s _The Wives’ Revolt_ and the Embodied Politics of the Anthropocene.”

Kimberly Skye Richards

Book Chapter

“EH/DH: The Energy Humanities and the Digital Turn,” with Anne Pasek and Lisa Parks. Digital Humanities Network, University of Toronto (online), March 30, 2021

Caleb Wellum, Anne Pasek

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

“Energy Aesthetics: New Directions in Studying the Cultural Life of Oil"

Anne Pasek

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

“Energy Humanities and the Petroleumscape"

Imre Szeman, Caleb Wellum

Book Chapter

“Energy Humanities”

Imre Szeman

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

“Energy for the War Room: Extractive Populism and its (Social) Media Imaginary"

Anne Pasek

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

“Energy, Culture, and Covid”

Imre Szeman

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

“Everyday Oil: Energy Infrastructures and Places that Have Yet to Become Strange.”

Anne Pasek

Misc: online journal

“Focus on Environmental Humanities Publishing"

Caleb Wellum

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

“From Atoms to Bits to Electrons, and Back Again: Towards an Energy Analytic of Digital Media"

Anne Pasek

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

“Geo-Engineering or Social Engineering?”

Imre Szeman

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

“Greening Canada? Energy and Climate Policy in the 2020 Throne Speech”

Imre Szeman

Website

“Helios 2: Anne Pasek on Changing Methods in a Changing Climate"

Caleb Wellum, Anne Pasek

Interview (Broadcast or Text)

“Heterogeneous Philosophies of Change in the Academic Flying Less Movement.”

Anne Pasek

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

“How to Plan Successful E-conferences During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

Caleb Wellum, Emily Roehl, Anne Pasek

Article in popular media

“Imagining Other Networks"

Anne Pasek

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

“In absence of … a cool future”

Jordan Kinder

Report, brief, and other forms of grey literature

“In the Heat of this Ongoing Past”: Three Lessons on Energy, Climate, and Materialism

Jordan Kinder

Scholarly Refereed Journal

“Infrastructure and the Form of Politics”

Darin Barney

Scholarly Refereed Journal

“Low-Carbon Research: Equity and Energy Transitions for the Academy"

Anne Pasek

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

“Making and Meeting Online: A White Paper on E-Conferences, Workshops, and other Experiments in Low-Carbon Research Exchange.”

Caleb Wellum, Emily Roehl, Anne Pasek

Report, brief, and other forms of grey literature

“Mystifying Oil Today”

Jordan Kinder

Misc: online journal

“Networked Affect and Climate Data.”

Anne Pasek

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

“New Keywords for Our Struggle: Climate/Capital"

Anne Pasek

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

“Nine Principles for a Critical Theory of Energy”

Imre Szeman

Scholarly Refereed Journal

“Oil, Culture, and Modernity"

Caleb Wellum

Book Chapter

“On Solar Futures”

Imre Szeman

Misc: online journal

“Part 1: Energy, Culture, and Covid”

Imre Szeman

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

“Part 2: Energy and Art: Visuality and Countervisuality.

Imre Szeman

Other Event

“Plastic in the Time of Impasse”

Mark Simpson

Book Chapter

“Power Shift: Energy Transition and Energy Futurity”

Mark Simpson, Natalie Loveless

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

“Seeding a Green New Theatre in Canada”

Kimberly Skye Richards

Scholarly Refereed Journal

“Staging #landback: Consent and Community-Based Decision-Making in Inheritance"

Kimberly Skye Richards

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

“Stakes and Barriers to a Low-Carbon Academy.”

Anne Pasek

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

“Structures of Legibility"

Jordan Kinder

Research Report

“Structures of Legibility”

Jordan Kinder

Conference Proceedings

“Sugar Dreams; or, How to Learn to Live with (and without) Extraction”

Imre Szeman

Book Chapter

“Sustainable Tools and Performance Activism for a Just Transition"

Kimberly Skye Richards

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

“Towards a Critical Theory of Energy”

Imre Szeman

Book Chapter

“What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Extractivism?”

Imre Szeman

Scholarly Refereed Journal

“What Should We Do about Climate Skeptics?”

Anne Pasek

Scholarly Refereed Journal

“What’s Method to the Environmental Humanities? Strategies and Tactics for Low-Carbon Inquiry and Exchange"

Anne Pasek

Conference/Symposium/Workshop Contribution

“‘Keep Moving’: Convoy, Car Films, and Petro-Populism in the 1970s.”

Caleb Wellum

Edited Volume