“New Perspectives in Energy History” (Yale Environmental History)

Event time: 
Saturday, March 2, 2024 - 9:30am
Humanities Quadrangle 136 See map
320 York Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

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The “New Perspectives in Energy History” conference will take place in-person in New Haven, CT, at Yale University in-person on March 2nd, 2024, and will include three panels of graduate and early-career researchers.

The first panel, ‘CULTURES OF ENERGY,’ will explore the significance of energy in Mormon Alberta; the place of electrical infrastructure in mediating state ideology in rural North Korea; and the role of Shell Oil’s patronage of the arts in twentieth-century Britain.

The second panel, ‘ENERGY AND NATION,’ will examine how the rise of Soviet consumer rights led to demands for environmental justice post-Chernobyl; the experience of coal miners facing decarbonization processes in post-socialist Czechoslovakia; and the politics surrounding floating nuclear power plants off the coast of New Jersey in the 1970s.
The third panel, ‘GEOGRAPHIES OF ENERGY,’ will analyze the landscape of energy generated by the development of Boston’s waterfront in the nineteenth-century; the motivations of oil companies in building large oil refineries on small Caribbean islands; and the transformation of space enabled by fossil fuel across early modern England and nineteenth-century India.
Presentations will be based on papers circulated in advance to panel commentators and conference attendees. A faculty panel with ELIZABETH CHATTERJEE (University of Chicago), IAN MILLER (Harvard University), ANDREW NEEDHAM (New York University), moderated by SUNIL AMRITH (Yale University) will conclude the day’s activities with a discussion of innovative approaches to energy history.
Yale faculty conveners include Sunil Amrith (Renu and Anand Dhawan Professor of History), and Paul Sabin (Randolph W. Townsend Jr. Professor of History). Yale graduate student conveners include Meenakshi A, Allegra Ayida, Dante LaRiccia, Mikhail Moosa, Harshavardan Raghunandhan, and Marcus Yee. 

To register, and for more information, visit the conference webpage.

Please contact environmentalhistory@yale.edu with any questions. 

Free but register in advance
Open to: 
General Public