Solarity Syllabus

Solarity: Energy and Society after Oil  — An introduction to Solarity: After Oil School II

Georges Bataille. The Accursed Share: An Essay on General Economy. NY: Zone Books, 1988. 19-31.

Boris Groys. “Georges Bataille: The Potlatch with the Sun,” Under Suspicion: A Phenomenology of Media. Columbia University Press. 2012. 115-128.

Amanda Boetzkes. ‘Solar’. Fueling Culture: 101 Words for Energy and Environment, edited by Imre Szeman, Jennifer Wenzel, and Patricia Yaeger. New York: Fordham Univ. Press. 2017. 314–17.

Sheena Wilson. ‘Energy Imaginaries: Feminist and Decolonial Futures’. In Materialism and the Critique of Energy, eds. Brent Ryan Bellamy and Jeff Diamanti, 2018. 377–412.

Dagmar Lorenz-Meyer. “Becoming Responsible with Solar Power? Extending Feminist Imaginings of Community, Participation and Care,” Australian Feminist Studies, 32:94, 2017. 427-444.

Emilee Gilpin. “Skidegate on the way to becoming a ‘city of the future’.” National Observer. 2018

Maryam Rezaei and Hadi Dowlatabadi. “Off-Grid: Community Energy and the Pursuit of Self-Sufficiency in British Columbia’s Remote and First Nations Communities.” Local Environment, vol. 21, no. 7, July 2016. 789-807.

Shane Brennan. ‘Visionary Infrastructure: Community Solar Streetlights in Highland Park’. Journal of Visual Culture 16 (2) 2017. 167–89.

Jamie Cross. “The Solar Good: Energy Ethics in Poor Markets.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (2019): 1-20

Ankit Kumar. “Cultures of Lights.” Geoforum, vol. 65, Oct. 2015, 59–68.

Sean Cubitt. “The Sound of Sunlight.” Screen 51 (2010): 118-128.

Kyle P. Whyte. “Indigenous Science (Fiction) for the Anthropocene: Ancestral Dystopias and Fantasies of Climate Change Crises,” Environment & Planning E: Nature and Space 1 (1-2): 224-242. 2018.

Rhys Williams. ‘This Shining Confluence of Magic and Technology’: Solarpunk, Energy Imaginaries, and the Infrastructures of Solarity.” Open Humanities. Forthcoming 2019.

Herman Scheer. “Exploiting solar resources: the new economic and political freedom.” The Solar Economy: Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Global Future. London: Earthscan, 2002. 62-89.

Andreas Malm. “A Return to the Flow? Obstacles to the Transition,” Fossil Capital, London: Verso 2016. 367-388.

Energy Initiative. “Executive Summary” and “Chapter 1 – Introduction and Overview,” The Future of Solar Energy. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015.

National Energy Board. “Executive Summary.” The Economics of Solar Power in Canada. Ottawa: 2018.


Skawennati, “She Falls for Ages,” Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace/Obx Labs, 2017

Indigenous Clean Energy – Project Videos

Jamie Cross. The Solar Fix – A Short Film

Urban Futures Studio – Post Fossil City

Land Art Generator – LAGI 2018 Portfolio

Soulardarity Streetlight Campaign (2014)

The texts are available via Dropbox here.