You are invited to the AAA 2021 Annual Meeting panel, “The Green Frontier: Critical Perspectives on Energy Transitions.” The panel is open to all and will be accessible through this Zoom link (Meeting ID: 931 5876 9092). The panel description and detailed program are below. We hope to see you there!
The Green Frontier: Critical Perspectives on Energy Transitions November 18, 202110:15 AM – 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)AAA 2021 Annual Meeting
Chair: Mark GoodaleDiscussants: Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer
As the collective transition from fossil fuels to cleaner energy forms becomes increasingly accepted and desired due to the pressing crises of climate change, a growing number of governments and companies are adopting green energy solutions. These range from wind and solar energy projects to lithium extraction and nuclear energy endeavors while it remains unclear if these so-called “green transitions” will represent a significant break with the structures of carbon capitalism that enabled the climate crisis in the first place. Recent ethnographies have shown how green energy projects replicate similar dominant political, social, and economic patterns through which coal and oil-powered energy systems have depended upon, and they continue to reproduce both extractivist logics and the local and planetary inequalities in the so-called post-carbon age. In this panel, we aim to critically engage with post-carbon and/or green energy assemblages. We are especially interested in how green energy projects replicate and/or diverge from carbon-based forms of energy and the ways in which such transitions involve the concerns of local communities over sovereignty and livable worlds. “Introduction: Toward a Critical Anthropology of Energy Assemblages”Mark Goodale “Freedom and Fuel: How Fossil Fuel PR Shapes Green Transition Narratives” Cara Daggett “The Oceanic Frontier: Offshore Gas Fields, Extractivism, and Geo-Political Futures in a Divided Cyprus”Zeynep Oguz“Solar What?! Struggling with Carbon Logics in Post-Carbon Design”Jamie Cross “Sovereign and Dignified” Extraction in Bolivia: Regional Encounters with Nationalized Lithium Industrialization”
David Luis Schröter
DiscussionCymene Howe and Dominic Boyer
A new project on offshore wind power development is looking for a graduate research fellow/assistant for a comparative case study characterizing regional community attitudes regarding procedural and distributive justice dimensions of offshore wind development (power generation and transmission). This research is in collaboration with Dr. David Bidwell, (University of Rhode Island), Dr. Tiffany Smythe (U.S. Coast Guard Academy faculty member), and Dr. Kelsey Leonard (University of Waterloo). You must apply and be accepted as a University of Delaware (UD) graduate student to be eligible for the assistantship. Additional details are in the attached. Ideally the candidate will matriculate in February (Spring) 2022.
We intend to focus on thirteen Southern New England communities, including federally-recognized Tribal Nations, a traditional fishing community, an economically-marginalized community, and an island community. We seek to identify and assess community concerns and attitudes regarding the procedural and distributive justice dimensions of offshore wind power development and to examine differences in attitudes among communities. The research effort will involve interviews during 2022 and an online attitudinal survey of community members in 2023. Experience with community-based participatory research is an asset.
The assistantship includes a tuition waiver for the Fall and Spring semesters and a stipend. Twelve-month stipends are approximately $29,000. Depending on individual circumstance, a 9-month stipend can be considered. From a research perspective, it is highly desirable if an applicant can matriculate in spring (February) 2022, although fall 2022 admission (with summer 2022 funding) will be considered as well. To be considered for Spring 2022, please submit your application (https://www.udel.edu/academics/colleges/grad/prospective-students/grad-admissions/) by November 30. Review of applications will begin immediately.
Funding for the research is provided by a partnership among the US Northeast Sea Grant Consortium, NOAA, and the Department of Energy<https://seagrant.mit.edu/ocean-energy-research/>, along with graduate research funding established by UD and the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC) as part of the transfer of renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by UD’s 2MW wind turbine<http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/Lewesturbine> that is located adjacent to the UD College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment’s (CEOE) campus in Lewes, Delaware.
If you intend to apply, please email me (Jeremy Firestone) at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>.