Speculative Energy Futures

Speculative Energy Futures is a multi-year, collaborative, and interdisciplinary project on energy transition as a necessary early response to addressing climate change. It brings artistic and humanities researchers together with science, social science, and policy experts to investigate the challenges of energy transition. Together, participants will produce a large-scale, evidence-based exhibition as well as a series of publications, bringing attention to the importance of arts and humanities perspectives on the social and cultural impacts of energy transition, informed by the latest research coming out of the IPCC, Future Energy Systems, and Just Powers. It takes its methodological cue from the recently completed Immune Nations project (also collaborative, research-based, multi-year, and interdisciplinary) funded by the Research Council of Norway and exhibited at the UNAIDS building during the 2017 World Health Assembly. Over the course of the next six years (2017-2023) participants in Speculative Energy Futures will get to know each other, develop self-generated groupings with other participants, research a key issue related to feminist and decolonial energy transition, and develop an arts-based engagement with their chosen topic for a series of high profile exhibitions. Artistic research and dissemination methods are well-suited to capturing dissenting opinions on controversial topics and envisioning new futures that, while based in evidence and research, speculate beyond what we understand to be currently possible.


Speculative Energy Futures launched at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Cities & Climate Change Conference and held its first national workshop immediately following the conference from 8-11 March 2018. For more information on Speculative Energy Futures, see the project website: http://speculativeenergyfutures.ca/

Just Powers: Climate Change and Social Justice.

Sheena Wilson, Natalie Loveless, Sourayan Mookerjea, Angele Alook

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Art for Change: The Power of Art to Influence Social Change

Sheena Wilson, Natalie Loveless

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Caring for the 21st Century [Keynote Speaker]: Energy Transition and Feminist Futures.” for The Mothernists II: Who Care’s for the 21st Century?

Sheena Wilson

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Deep Energy Literacy: Toward Feminist Energy Futures (Plenary Speech).

Sheena Wilson

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Feminist Art, Activism, and the Anthropocene” for The Mothernists II: Who Care’s for the 21st Century

Natalie Loveless

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Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life--Public Talk

Sheena Wilson, Natalie Loveless, Jessie Beier, Ariel Kroon, Jordan Kinder, Angele Alook

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Petrocultures Guest Lecture. Generic Energetic: Contemporary Popular Genres as Tools for Transition

Sheena Wilson, Natalie Loveless, Jessie Beier, Jordan Kinder

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“Sustainability: Deep Energy Literacy.”

Sheena Wilson

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“Coal Power and the Sundarbans: Subaltern Resistance and Convergent Crises

Sourayan Mookerjea

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