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.

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

Carrie Karsgaard, Lynette Shultz

Conference/Workshop

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

Carrie Karsgaard, Derek Gladwin, Lynette Shultz

Conference/Workshop

2067

Imre Szeman

Event

A Line in the Sand

Imre Szeman

Event

After Oil School Meeting

Mark Simpson, Imre Szeman, Sheena Wilson

Misc: Collaborative Meeting

Against Infrastructural Inertia: On the Canadian Extractive State Apparatus

Jordan Kinder

Conference/Workshop

Collaborative Meeting

Mark Simpson, Imre Szeman

Misc: Collaborative Meeting

Editorship

Imre Szeman

Misc: Editor, Energy Humanities -- book series

Energy Commons

Imre Szeman

Conference/Workshop

Energy Humanities and the North American Petroleumscape

Imre Szeman

Conference/Workshop

Energy Humanities: What We Know and Where We Are Going

Jordan Kinder

Conference/Workshop

Energy Impasse and the Time of Infrastructure

Mark Simpson

Conference/Workshop

Energy Justice

Imre Szeman

Conference/Workshop

Energy Literacy, Transition, and Action

Mark Simpson, Imre Szeman

Event

Energy Transitions, Public Policy, and Progressive Politics in Canada

Mark Simpson

Conference/Workshop

Energy and the New Historical Materialism, Fossil Capital

Jordan Kinder

Conference/Workshop

Extractive Capitalist Worldbuilding: Van Ginkel Associates in the North

Jordan Kinder

Conference/Workshop

Figuring Impasse: Abstraction, Risk, Petroculture

Mark Simpson

Conference/Workshop

Fossil Capital Reading Group

Jordan Kinder

Conference/Workshop

Humanities on the Brink: Energy, Environment, Emergency

Jordan Kinder

Conference/Workshop

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

Jordan Kinder

Conference/Workshop

Life After Oil

Imre Szeman

Event

Literature Review

Valérie Savard

Misc: Literature Review

Marx 2018

Imre Szeman

Conference/Workshop

Meeting

Mark Simpson, Imre Szeman

Misc: Collaborative Meeting

Narratives of resistance: Decolonizing petro-drama and legal education

Derek Gladwin

Conference/Workshop

Oil and Media, Oil as Media

Jordan Kinder

Conference/Workshop

On Energy impasse: Cultural and Social Barriers to Energy Transition

Mark Simpson, Imre Szeman

Conference/Workshop

On Petrocultures

Imre Szeman

Event

On the Politics of Region

Imre Szeman

Event

Panel discussion

Mark Simpson

Event

Petrocultures

Imre Szeman

Event

Petrocutures: Transitions

Mark Simpson, Imre Szeman, Sheena Wilson

Conference/Workshop

Pipeline Politics

Imre Szeman

Event

Pipeline Politics

Imre Szeman

Event

Pipeline Politics: Oil, Borders and Energy Futures

Imre Szeman

Conference/Workshop

Pipelines and Territories: On Energy and Environmental Futures in Canada

Imre Szeman

Conference/Workshop

Pipelines and Territories: On Energy and Environmental Futures in Canada

Imre Szeman

Event

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

Jordan Kinder

Conference/Workshop

Relational energy literacy: Sustainability education in the symbiocene

Derek Gladwin

Conference/Workshop

Roundtable on the Anthropocene

Imre Szeman

Event

Structures of Legibility: Emerging Approaches to Energy and Infrastructure

Jordan Kinder

Event

Talk

Imre Szeman

Event

The Energy Unconscious of Postcard Culture circa 1900

Mark Simpson

Misc: Lecture

Transitions: On Energy, Pipelines, Art and Justice

Imre Szeman

Event

Triggering Transition

Imre Szeman

Event

What is a Petroculture? Conjectures on Energy and Global Culture

Imre Szeman

Event

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

Derek Gladwin

Conference/Workshop

Why energy literacy, why now?

Derek Gladwin

Conference/Workshop

Workshop

Mark Simpson, Imre Szeman

Conference/Workshop

Workshop

Mark Simpson, Imre Szeman

Conference/Workshop

“A Media Genealogy of the War Room.”

Anne Pasek

Conference/Workshop

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

Anne Pasek

Conference/Workshop

“Networked Affect and Climate Data.”

Anne Pasek

Conference/Workshop

“Power Shift: Energy Transition and Energy Futurity”

Mark Simpson, Natalie Loveless

Conference/Workshop

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

Kimberly Skye Richards

Conference/Workshop

“Sustainable Tools and Performance Activism for a Just Transition"

Kimberly Skye Richards

Conference/Workshop

“Virtual Conferences on the Brink: Critical Reflections on Research-Creation and Digital Collaboration in Times of Crisis.”

Caleb Wellum, Emily Roehl, Anne Pasek

Conference/Workshop

Faculty of Arts Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentorship

Mark Simpson

Award

Fellow, Canadian International Council

Imre Szeman

Award

Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

Imre Szeman

Award

Grant

Mark Simpson, Imre Szeman

Award

Leverhulme Visiting Professor in Critical Studies

Imre Szeman

Award

Visiting Fellow

Imre Szeman

Award

Visiting Professor of Critical Studies

Imre Szeman

Award

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

Imre Szeman

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

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

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

Jordan Kinder

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Imre Szeman

Article in professional or trade journals

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

Carrie Karsgaard, Lynette Shultz

Website

"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 Power of a Global Classroom"

Carrie Karsgaard, Lynette Shultz

Government Publication

"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

After Oil: Solarities

Darin Barney

Book

Afterword

Imre Szeman

Book Chapter

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

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

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

Anne Pasek

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Democracy / Digital / Environment

Imre Szeman

Invited/Keynote

Educating about energy futures

Derek Gladwin

Invited/Keynote

Eight Principles for a Critical Theory of Energy

Imre Szeman

Invited/Keynote

Eight Principles for a Critical Theory of Energy

Imre Szeman

Invited/Keynote

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

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Energy Consciousness

Jordan Kinder

Misc: Theory

Energy Culture: Art and Theory on Oil and Beyond

Imre Szeman

Edited Volume

Energy Futures

Imre Szeman

Invited/Keynote

Energy Humanities

Imre Szeman

Invited/Keynote

Energy Humanities

Imre Szeman

Invited/Keynote

Energy Humanities

Imre Szeman, Caleb Wellum

Book Chapter

Energy Humanities: An Anthology

Imre Szeman

Book

Energy Transition and the Canadian Suburb

Imre Szeman

Article in professional or trade journals

Engels

Jordan Kinder

Book Chapter

Environmental Communication: An Introduction

Imre Szeman

Invited/Keynote

Five Theses on Sabotage in the Shadow of Fossil Capital

Mark Simpson

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Foreword to the Chinese Edition

Imre Szeman

Book Chapter

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

Imagining Futures

Imre Szeman

Invited/Keynote

Impasse Time

Mark Simpson, Imre Szeman

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Introduction

Jordan Kinder

Book Chapter

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

Kerosene

Mark Simpson

Book Chapter

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

Jordan Kinder

PhD Thesis

Literature and Energy

Imre Szeman

Book Chapter

Literature and Energy

Imre Szeman, Jordan Kinder

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

Mediating Climate, Mediating Scale

Anne Pasek

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Mexico and Extraction

Imre Szeman

Invited/Keynote

O, Beautiful Earth (Under the Earth)!

Imre Szeman

Book Chapter

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 Petrocultures: Globalization, Culture, and Energy

Imre Szeman

Book

On Petroturfing

Jordan Kinder

Invited/Keynote

On the Politics of Extraction

Imre Szeman

Scholarly Refereed Journal

On the Politics of Region

Imre Szeman

Article in professional or trade journals

Petrocultures: Oil, Politics, Culture

Imre Szeman, Sheena Wilson, Adam Carlson

Edited Volume

Preface

Imre Szeman

Book Chapter

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

Imre Szeman

Invited/Keynote

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

Imre Szeman

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Invited/Keynote

Seeing Carbon Through Silicon

Anne Pasek

Article in professional or trade journals

Solar Promises

Imre Szeman

Book Chapter

Solar: Six Principles for Energy and Society After Oil

Imre Szeman

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Solarity

Imre Szeman, Darin Barney

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Solarity: An Introduction

Imre Szeman, Darin Barney

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Solarity: Energy and Society after Oil

Imre Szeman

Invited/Keynote

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

PhD Thesis

The Lives and Afterlives of Extractive Landscapes

Jordan Kinder

Invited/Keynote

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

Adam Carlson

PhD Thesis

Transition in Energy, Culture and Society

Mark Simpson

Misc: Talk

What Is Canada Waiting For to Start Its Transition?

Imre Szeman

Article in professional or trade journals

“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

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

Kimberly Skye Richards

Book Chapter

“Energy Humanities”

Imre Szeman

Invited/Keynote

“Energy, Culture, and Covid”

Imre Szeman

Invited/Keynote

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

Anne Pasek

Misc: online journal

“Geo-Engineering or Social Engineering?”

Imre Szeman

Invited/Keynote

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

Imre Szeman

Website

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

Caleb Wellum, Emily Roehl, Anne Pasek

Article in popular media

“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

“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

“Nine Principles for a Critical Theory of Energy”

Imre Szeman

Scholarly Refereed Journal

“On Solar Futures”

Imre Szeman

Misc: online journal

“Part 1: Energy, Culture, and Covid”

Imre Szeman

Invited/Keynote

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

Imre Szeman

Invited/Keynote

“Plastic in the Time of Impasse”

Mark Simpson

Book Chapter

“Seeding a Green New Theatre in Canada”

Kimberly Skye Richards

Scholarly Refereed Journal

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

Anne Pasek

Invited/Keynote

“Structures of Legibility”

Jordan Kinder

Conference Proceedings

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

Imre Szeman

Book Chapter

“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

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

Caleb Wellum

Edited Volume