CFP: (Post-)colonial energy infrastructures & media
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CFP: (Post-)colonial energy infrastructures & media

***Call for submissions to join an SCMS 2020 pre-constituted panel submission on media, energy infrastructures, and periods of energy transition within settler colonial and postcolonial contexts***

Media both represent energy futures and are materially entangled in complicated energy presents. Media networks are also broadly conditioned by the long shadow of the colonial infrastructures and lifeways that to varying degrees determine how broadcast, data storage, and distribution are powered and practiced. Media are therefore key sites in which energy transitions and decolonization can be imagined, enacted, or resisted.

Our panel is an attempt to think widely about questions of energy transition and mediation, including not only contemporary decarbonization movements, but also historical periods of change. While we’re clearly in the midst of a groundswell of environmental media scholarship related to climate change and energy transition, more work still is needed to address how these historical and contemporary practices intersect with Indigenous sovereignty struggles, anti-colonial thought, and leftist organizing towards a just transition, particularly in these groups’ strategic use or resistance to media infrastructures. 

Since periods of energy transition can open up other possibilities for social, cultural, economic, and political upheavals, how are media infrastructures channeling, responding to, facilitating or otherwise implicated in these currents of change? What role has media played both ideologically and aesthetically in historic settler states to help or hinder energy transitions? How might the currently entangled nature of media and energy infrastructures complicate or calcify these precedents? What models outside of colonial or capitalist logics can be draw upon to think energy and media differently?

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

- Resource colonies and the mediated production of regional identity

- The expansion of unconventional fossil fuel extraction in state, industry, and/or activist media

- Continuities in place and aesthetic practices in representations of fossil and renewable energy sources

- Sacrifice zones and media practices in frontline communities 

- White supremacy, affect, and energy under crisis

- How media and energy infrastructures might be integrated into Indigenous land sovereignty claims and practices (as in, for example, Māori claims to the radio spectrum)

Please submit a title, abstract (250-300 words), and brief bio to Anne Pasek (, Hannah Tollefson ( and Rachel W. Jekanowski ( by August 10th. If there is enough interest in the subject, we will put together two pre-constitutes panels. We promise a quick turn around with decisions. We especially welcome contributions by women and BIPOC scholars.

Thanks for your interest & looking forward to hearing from you!

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