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Society for the Humanities · Energy Conference

Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 9:30am to 4:00pm

A.D. White House, First Floor 121 President's Drive

An exploration of the Society for the Humanities 2019-2020 focal theme of Energy

Friday, October 18

2:30 p.m. ·  Welcome Lecture: The Humanist’s Guide to a Genuine Sustainability
Caroline Levine, David and Kathleen Ryan Professor of Humanities, English, Cornell University

4:00 p.m. ·  Keynote 1: Toward a Marxian Energetics
Benjamin Kunkel, Writer, Co-Founder of n+1

Saturday, October 19

9:30 a.m. ·  Panel 1: Nuclear Energy and Ruination

  • Lori Khatchadourian, Faculty Fellow; Near Eastern Studies, Cornell
    Life in Ruins: The Vibrant Afterlife of Socialist Modernity
  • Yu-Fang Cho, Society Fellow; English and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Miami University of Ohio
    Bikini (Re)traces: The Strange Bodies of Transpacific Nuclear Modernity
  • Anindita Banerjee, Comparative Literature, Cornell

1:00 p.m. ·  Keynote 2: Eight Principles for a Critical Theory of Energy
Imre Szeman, University Research Chair and Professor of Communication Arts, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

3:00 p.m. ·  Panel 2: Animal Energy

  • Athena Kirk, Faculty Fellow; Classics, Cornell
    Brutes to Flutes: Ancient Greek Animal Powers
  • Ariel Ron, Society Fellow; History, Southern Methodist University
    King Hay: Horses and Economic Nationalism in America's Nineteenth-Century Energy Transition
  • Rachel Prentice, Faculty Fellow; Science & Technology Studies, Cornell

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