This panel interrogates the multiple meanings of "energy," beyond apocalyptic visions, by focusing on its complex forms and interactions.
In our current geopolitical landscape, marked by crisis, energy has emerged as a multidisciplinary field of study ranging from social sciences and humanities to natural and physical sciences and engineering practices. This panel interrogates the multiple meanings of "energy," beyond apocalyptic visions, by focusing on its complex forms and interactions. We invite papers that pay particular attention to the multiple and entangled ontologies and epistemologies of energy. It is our aim that this attunement will foster conversations across disciplines by troubling the notions of crisis, sustainability, scarcity, risk and harm that shape thinking around energy.
This panel is structured around three containers: bodies, ecologies, and economies. We ask: how do we come to imagine, represent, and interact with energy beyond crisis? What can particular visions of energy—as utility, service provider, health disrupter, infrastructure and energetic force—do to the bodies and environments they interact with?