Events

Domesticating Energy. Energy environments inside and outside the home
25-26 May 2017
Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

 

Environment, Society, and the Making of the Modern World: The history and legacy of the UN Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm, June 1972
14 - 16 December 2016
Stockholm
, Sweden


Thursday, November 10 2016
Dipesh Chakrabarty (The University of Chicago)  
The Human Condition in the Anthropocene
(Co-sponsors - Harvard University Center for the Environment and the Mahindra Humanities Center)
Harvard University

 

Thursday, October 27 2016
Climate and Capital: Barbara Ward, Margaret Mead, and the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment
Glenda Sluga (University of Sydney)
Belfer Case Study Room, CGIS-S020, 1730 Cambridge Street
Harvard University

 

The History of Prediction and Energy Systems of the Future
4 October 2016

Speaker: Dr Paul Warde, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Respondents: Martin Crouch, Ofgem

In this seminar historian Dr Paul Warde examines why long-term predictions of energy use have been repeatedly made in error, and yet their use persists. He discusses the political, technical and personal factors shape our desire to know about the future, and our adherence to methods that are so often confounded by the course of events.

 

 

The History of Energy and the Environment
October 22-23, 2015

The History Project, in cooperation with the Joint Center for History and Economics and the Global History of Energy Project, supported by the Harvard University Center for the Environment, held its fourth conference on October 22-23, 2015 at Harvard University.

A presentation of research by conference participants and Harvard University scholars will ran concurrently in the CGIS South Concourse. The projects were on display all day Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23. The research exhibition was open to the public.

 

Energy in History
Centre for History for Economics, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge (UK)
27th February 2015

Today's energy industry is vast and complex, and its development is one of the crucial political issues of our time. It covers the extraction, capture and exploitation of varied fuels, processes of refining and generation and the delivery of energy to meet the demands of populations and industry. Energy exploitation and use have far reaching effects from global, to national, to personal. Work in the emerging field of energy history is increasingly seeking to study the full range of activities associated with different energy sources and uses, comparatively and over time. This one-day workshop brought together work on a range of historical periods and energy types with a view to developing methodologies, creating working networks, and generating further understanding of current research within the field of historical energy use.

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Organising committee: Kayt Button, Tae-Hoon Kim, Marta Musso, Paul Warde


New Directions in Energy History
November 14 2014
Harvard University

Panel Presentations and Roundtable
Chair: Ian J. Miller (Harvard University)
John R. McNeill (Georgetown University): Ecological Teleconnections of the Industrial Revolution   
Christopher F. Jones (Arizona State University): The Forgotten King: Coal, Energy, and History
Paul Warde (University of East Anglia): Comments and Response


Means of Transport: Technology, Mobility, and Energy in Modern Asia
24-25 April 2014
Harvard University

A workshop organized by the Joint Center for History and Economics was held in Harvard on April 24-25, 2014. The workshop was part of the program on the global history of energy, supported by the Harvard University Center for the Environment and brought together scholars working on the history of transportation in modern Asia.

 

Friday, February 7 2014
Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty (University of Chicago)
Beyond Capital: The Climate Crisis as a Challenge to Social Thought
Co-sponsors: Harvard University Centre for the Environment and the Mahindra Humanities Center

 

Asia and the New History of Energy
February 21-22, 2013
Harvard University

This meeting was part of an ongoing series of events designed to open new horizons in the global and comparative history of energy. The workshop reexamined the history of Asia through what might be called the "new history of energy," an approach that expands research on energy history and energy policy in order to better account for the particular characteristics and uses of energy sources, from fossil fuels and renewable alternatives to human and animal labor. The workshop placed energy at the center of inquiry in Asian history, asking how energy production and consumption interacted with larger social and environmental processes. We also used the focus on energy to reconsider well-known narratives within national and regional histories.

 

Timothy Mitchell (Columbia University)
Economentality: How the Future Entered Government
Friday, November 9th, 2012, 5-7pm CGIS-S020

This event was co-sponsored by the Energy History Project at the Harvard Center for History and Economics, with the support of the Harvard University Center for the Environment..

 

Units, Ideas, and Images in the History of Energy
November 17 - 18 2011
Center for History and Economics
CGIS, 61 Kirkland Street, Room 24

The workshop explored changes in the depiction, understanding, and measurement of energy in the early modern and modern periods. How did people think about energy in relation to natural forces and economic processes? What were the competing ideas about the nature of energy and its relation to work? Why do we use the units we do today when quantifying energy and why were alternative ways of measurement discarded? In considering these questions, the workshop also aimed to examine how new ideas about society and political economy influenced the history of energy production and consumption as well as larger social and environmental processes. This workshop is part of an ongoing series of events on the global and comparative history of energy, with the support of the Harvard University Center for the Environment.

 

Richard White (Stanford University)
September 22 2011
Did Things Have to Turn Out This Way? Energy, Technology, Markets and the Environment in the North American West

 

Energy and Environment: A Global History
April 22 2011
Harvard University Center for the Environment

The workshop considered energy history in a global perspective. It presented new research by graduate students from Harvard and MIT, and concluded with a roundtable session of faculty from both institutions. The workshop was the first in a series of events hosted by the Energy History Project. Participants included David Blackbourn, Alison Frank, Richard Hornbeck, Ian Miller, Harriet Ritvo and Emma Rothschild. The workshop website can be found here.

 

Center for History and Economics Graduate Workshop
February 15 2011
Philipp Lehmann
Polish Steppes and German Gardens: Desertification in the Nazi Plans for Environmental Transformation in the East

 

Center for History and Economics Graduate Workshop
February 8 2011
Jeremy Zallen
Staging Lights: Dreams, Machines, and the Spatial History of Electric Illumination

 

Center for History and Economics Graduate Workshop
November 2 2010
Joshua Specht
The Consolidation of a National Beef Industry, 1880-1910

 

Joan Martinez-Alier (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)
November 8 2010 
Social Metabolism and Ecological Distribution Conflicts

(This talk was co-sponsored by The Project on Justice, Welfare, and Economics (JWE) and the Political Economy of Modern Capitalism Workshop.)

 

Center for History and Economics Graduate Workshop
May 11 2010
Jeremy Zallen
Vessels of Airy Death: A Story of Humans, Planes, War, and the Metabolism of Historical Energy

 

Center for History and Economics Graduate Workshop
April 13 2010
Maya Peterson
Negotiating Empire in the Land of Seven Rivers: Environmental Change and Social Conflict in Russia's Central Asian Borderland, 1905-1917

 

Expertise for the Future: Histories of Predicting Environmental Change
November 16-17 2009
The Center for History and Economics, together with the Harvard University Center for the Environment, organised a two day colloquium on Expertise for the Future: Histories of Predicting Environmental Change. Presenters included Alison Bashford (Harvard University), Maria Bohn (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm), Libby Robin (Australia National University), Sverker Sörlin (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm), Edmund Russell (Virginia Tech), and Paul Warde (University of East Anglia).

 

Center for History and Economics Seminar
September 30 2009
The Dawn of Green
Harriet Ritvo (MIT)
Lower Library, Robinson Hall at 4.15pm

 

Center for History and Economics Graduate Workshop
April 7 2009
Jennifer Thomson
'We Are the Burning Rage of this Dying Planet': The Earth Liberation Front and American Environmentalism

 

Center for History and Economics Graduate Workshop
November 20 2008
Philipp Lehmann
"Germans in the Sandbox”: The Colonial Encounter with the Southwest African Desert

Center for History and Economics Seminar
November 5 2008.
Limits and growth: environment and energy supply in Britain, 1560-2000
Paul Warde (University of East Anglia)