Nov 21, 2018: Profit & Poverty

Today, as Public Interest Alberta called for a poverty reduction strategy, given that “one in six children are living in poverty in Alberta”, I spent the day today thinking together about sustainable research and sustainable futures with colleagues and student…

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Nov 18, 2018: Feminist Futures

Feminist Futures I talk a lot about feminist energy futures. And, as I’ve written about, feminism for me (while perhaps contentious) is intersectional and includes decolonized, anti-capitalist, anti-patriarchal, anti-anthropogenic visions for the future. There need not be only one. There…

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Nov 16, 2018: Trudeau’s Indigenous Rights Framework ≠ Reconciliation

It’s more than oil. Extraction, beyond being an environmental concern, materially reinforces and deepens colonization. And extraction is a form of production that extends far beyond industrial projects like the oil sands. Extraction, around the globe, is required for the…

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Nov 15, 2018: A New Beginning

I’m back. Last year on November 1, 2017 I started an action-a-day durational practice. It lasted for almost two month.  This November (2018), I’m beginning again: this time, adding another month to this durational practice. So, you’ll be able to catch me…

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December 21, 2017: Christmas Gifts

The Christmas season is busy with all our domestic energy turned to shopping for gift exchanges — secret Santa at the kids’ school, Chinese gift exchanges at work, presents for the teachers etc — not to mention the standard gift…

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December 13, 2017: Economic Disparity — Not Just at Christmas

It’s that time of year when, in the West, even the most ardent capitalists open their wallets so as not to appear too Scrooge-like in their push to the top 1%. I hear from a teacher about the students in…

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December 12, 2017: Witches, Land & Family

It is not a coincidence that the witch hunt and the social-economic crisis of superinflation occurred simultaneously during the transition to capitalism and private property. Scholar Henry Kamen  write that it was “precisely in the period when there was the…

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December 11, 2017: Introducing Just Powers

“Just Powers” is the new title of a collaborative research project — a banner title aiming to encompass all the various projects ongoing under its banner. The subtitle is “Feminist Energy Futures.” Just Powers: Feminist Energy Futures Does it have…

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December 7, 2017: Consumption & Relationships

I shared a meal and a post-meal coffee, and some beautiful chocolates with an old friend today. We spoke about how everyday life in the twenty-first century leaves little time to nurture friendships and leaves us increasingly fragmented as a…

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December 1, 2017: Caliban & the Witch

Today, the CoLAB gathered for the last time in 2017. We talked through Sylvia Federici’s Caliban and the Witch.  “Indeed, the political lesson that we can learn from The Caliban and the Witch is that capitalism, as a social-economic system, is necessarily committed to…

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November 28, 2017: Feminist Energy Futures

Just futures. Today, I spent the day interviewing members of the Feminist Energy Futures: Powershift and Environmental Social Justice team. When I asked them about what they think the future will be like, it seems we share varying degrees of optimism…

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November 25, 2017: The Cult of Presentism

This week, I’ve been reflecting on another of the ironies of the current moment. I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about what the future could look like, if we organize now for other types of social life in…

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Principal Investigator: Feminist Energy Futures; Future Energy Systems’ Energy Humanities: Speculative Energy Futures and iDoc Projects
Co-founder and co-director of Petrocultures Research Group
Editor-in-chief, Imaginations Journal



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