Die Veranstaltung findet auf Englisch statt.
Humanity is deeply dependent on energy for sustaining life on the planet. Depletable sources such as brown coal, oil, natural gas and lithium used in solar panel batteries, are thus perpetually extracted from the earth's crust in order to harness this life sustaining force. After the profitable resources have been obtained, the remaining land and lives are routinely left discarded, harbouring pollution and ruptured livelihoods, which spurs the question: How to attend to the aftermath? How can industrial clean-up diversify and stretch beyond technocratic measures of site containment, mitigation and maintenance and find ways to attend more broadly multiple losses and sustainably rebuild damaged ecologies? What could these practices look like and what kind of knowledge would they require?
Pivoting around three sites of extraction connected to the global energy economy located in China, Chile and Germany, the course will delve into specific geopolitical contexts and situated realities that make up global energy supply chains. In doing so, we will collectively consider how to expand current clean-up paradigms by critically acknowledging what common clean-up practices attend to, and what they effectively leave out. The course will proceed to reflect more generally about the value systems embedded in narratives of growth and expansion and consider ways to better account for the unevenly distributed effects of extraction from various knowledge fields and perspectives.
If you want to join the course, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The final list of participants will be issued in the first meeting.