Announcing an upcoming workshop...

Energy humanities: a postgraduate workshop with Prof. Dominic Boyer and A/Prof. Cymene Howe

TIME/DATE/LOCATION: Monday 2nd December, 12:00pm-3:00pm, Deakin Downtown, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

In this workshop, we orient our discussion of energy humanities through the recently published “duograph” Wind and Power in the Anthropocene, comprised of two volumes Energopolitics (Boyer) and Ecologics (Howe). Based on a collaborative research project, the texts analyze the complexities of wind power development and energy transitions in Oaxaca, Mexico, with implications extending elsewhere. Issues of indigenous sovereignty and land, transnational capital and local political legacies, as well as philosophical meditations on how wind can be captured, monetized or objectified all come into play in the complex infrastructural and sociopolitical manoeuvres required within energy transitions. The workshop will focus on these and parallel issues in energy humanities. Participants will be expected to read 2 chapters from Energopolitics and Ecologics prior to the workshop. 

PhD/HDR candidates interested in attending the workshop should contact Timothy Neale ( with a 150-word blurb about their research before 15 October 2019.


Bios: Cymene Howe is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University. She is the author of Intimate Activism (Duke 2013), Ecologics: Wind and Power in the Anthropocene (Duke 2019) and co-editor of the volume, The Anthropocene Unseen: A Lexicon (Punctum 2019). Dominic Boyer is Professor of Anthropology at Rice University. He recently served in the editorial collective of the journal Cultural Anthropology (2015-2018) and edits the Expertise: Cultures and Technologies of Knowledge book series for Cornell University Press.

Dr Timothy Neale
Senior Research Fellow
Deakin University, Burwood, Australia