Sheena Wilson (University of Alberta), “Resisting Petrofeminisms: Toward More Just Feminist Futures,” (Energy Humanities, WGSS)

Event time: 
Monday, February 18, 2019 - 4:00pm
William L. Harkness Hall (WLH) 309 See map
Event description: 

Sheena Wilson is Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, co-founder & director of the international Petrocultures Research Group, and research lead on Just Powers. Her research interests involve an interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to studying how the extractivist world-view that has contributed to climate change through the exploitation of land and resources, likewise allows for the exploitation of gendered, classed and racialized bodies, and the erasure of knowledge held by those bodies. Given that mobilizing against climate change can be overwhelming, she argues for a focus on power shift—literally in terms of energy transition, and figuratively in terms of social justice—as a means to anchor feminist and decolonial political movements striving for climate justice.

Wilson’s publication highlights include Petrocultures: Oil, Politics, Cultures w/ Adam Carlson and Imre Szeman (MQUP, 2017); “Gendering Oil: Tracing Western Petrosexual Relations” (2014); and Sighting Oil w/Andrew Pendakis (2012). Her monograph in process is called Deep Energy Literacy: Toward Feminist Energy Futures.

Open to: 
General Public