Archive | February 2014

The Rise of the Energy Humanities

In this month’s University Affairs (March 2014), Dominic Boyer, the Director of the Centre for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice University, and Imre Szeman, who holds the Canada Research Chair for Cultural Studies and leads the Petrocultures Research Group at the University of Alberta make a strong case for the humanities in tackling pressing questions related to energy.”Solving our dilemma”, they claim, “requires the humanities’ involvement – not as an afterthought to technology and policy, but as a forerunner researching the cultural landscape around us and imagining the future relationship between energy and society that we need to strive toward.” Theirs is an important challenge – to the humanities and to science alike. We urgently need to find ways of “making the humanities part of the conversation” about energy and environmental dilemmas.

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