After Oil School 2
Canadian Centre for Architecture – Montreal QC, Canada
May 23-25, 2019
Solarity: After Oil School 2 is organized by the Petrocultures Research Group and the Grierson Chair in Communication Studies. A follow-up to the successful After Oil School held in Edmonton, Alberta, in 2015, Solarity will gather forty international scholars, students, artists, activists and practitioners for three days of intensive reflection and collaboration on the challenges and possibilities of a social transition to energy systems and communities organized around the energy of the sun.
What social conditions would be required to initiate and sustain an energy transition animated by solarity, and what might arise from such a transition? What can the history of diverse cultures of solarity teach us about this possibility? What infrastructures, architectures, institutions, practices and relationships would be implicated in a transition to solarity? Under what conditions might solarity imply solidarity? What will solarity look, feel and sound like?
The themes of Solarity: After Oil School 2 will include:
Indigenous solarities – Feminist solarities – Solarities North and South – Solarity’s economies – Arts of solarity – Politics of solarity – Urban/rural solarities – Solarity’s materialiaties – Solarity’s histories – Solarity’s futures – Solarity’s infrastructures/architectures – Solarity’s media – Solarity’s cultures
Animated by contemporary ferment in the fields of energy and environmental humanities, these questions will guide the curriculum and collaborative work of Solarity: After Oil School 2, which will include public events, a multi-media archive and on-site collaborative work aimed at making a concrete, ongoing contribution to public consideration of the challenge and potential of energy transition.
For more information, listen to Darin Barney and Imre Szeman discuss solarity on the Cultures of Energy podcast here.