Energy Imperialism? Resources, power and environment
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About the Event
We will present the volume "Energy Imperialism?", a special issue of the “Journal of Energy History” (JEH/RHE) published in December 2020. The volume reflects on the relations between energy systems and imperialism via multiple expressions: the role of oil in international relations, the global economy, and the post-colonial world; the problem of waste created by the oil industry; the relations between capitalism and imperialism, and the role of the energy industry in fuelling these structures and these relations since the second wave of European colonisation. Through the adoption of a multidisciplinary and comparative perspective across different periods and geographical areas, we deconstruct the mythology of oil imperialism to highlight the nodes in which energy systems have an actual influence on the course of history, and ultimately in shaping societies.
Authors Paul S. Ciccantell (Western Michigan University), Armel Campagne (European University Institute), Michael Hennessy Picard (UCL) and Simone Selva (University of Naples – L’Orientale) will present their work for the publication, coordinated by Marta Musso (KTH), and will discuss issues of energy production and imperialism in a roundtable where everyone is welcomed to join & intervene.
Angélique Palle (IRSEM / UMR Prodig), associate editor of the JEH/RHE, will present the Journal, the first scientific publication dedicated specifically to energy history. “Energy Imperialism?” was published as open source, and it is available at this link: https://energyhistory.eu/en/special-issue/energy-imperialism-introduction-special-issue