Call For Participants: New Scholars March Meeting on Energy History

Navajo Generating Station in Page, Arizona. H. Green.

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Our next NiCHE New Scholars meeting will focus on energy history.

Energy history as a sub-field of environmental history continues to develop and contribute important questions to our understandings of human-non-human relationships, extractive industries, commodity flows, and power dynamics. With current concern about climate change, global warming, and the search for renewable energy sources, it seems there has never been a time when historians have been more interested in examining the varied historical dynamics of energy history. In the past decade, energy historians have also made many contributions to contemporary debates on energy production, consumption, and distribution. This month, new scholars will get into these complex dynamics.

Some of the questions we will consider include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • How has energy history shaped and contributed to environmental history more broadly?
  • What lessons have we learned from energy history beyond materiality and the commodity?
  • How do you see the field of energy history developing? What have been the most common ways of examining energy history and what new approaches, themes, or methods do you think are needed?
  • How can we better integrate energy history into our teaching?

You can fill out the Doodle Poll here. I also encourage you to check out our recent energy series here and our nuclear power series here!

Finally, if you are presenting at ASEH, don’t forget to let us know when your presentation is and whether you’d like to attend a New Scholars social gathering here.

I look forward to hearing from you and for another great New Scholars meeting!

Email: greenh1@mcmaster.ca

Twitter: @heathergreen21

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Heather Green is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Saint Mary's University. Her research interests include Indigenous histories, mining history, and histories of environmental tourism. Her current research projects focus on the development of trophy hunting and wildlife regulation in the Yukon and a history of coal mining and power generation in Northeastern Arizona. You can connect with her on twitter @heathergreen21.

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