ENTANGLEMENTS: Cara Daggett on Petro-masculinity

Cara Daggett (Virginia Tech)
“Petro-masculinity and Climate Defiance”
11 February 2021, 20:00hrs CET
, on Zoom
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Ahead of this lecture, you are warmly welcome to join the new Entanglements Book Club, where we will be reading selections from Cara Daggett’s The Birth of Energy (2019).

Abstract: Far-right movements are on the rise worldwide, and many have embraced both misogynistic and anti-climate action positions. While these resentments are often treated separately, in this webinar, I will discuss their interconnections through the concept of petro-masculinity, which appreciates the historic role of fossil fuel systems in buttressing white patriarchal rule. Petro-masculinity also helps to clarify the appeal of climate defiance, an aggressive stance that I distinguish from the broader category of climate denial.

About Cara Daggett: I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Virginia Tech where I research feminist political ecology. In particular, I am interested in the politics of energy in an era of planetary disruption. My path to feminism and environmental politics began in the science classroom. After studying biochemistry as an undergraduate, I began medical school, hoping to address inequities in health outcomes. Very quickly, I realized that I was more interested in the how and why behind injustice, and switched course to embark upon postgraduate work in global politics. While I now draw upon multiple disciplines outside of the sciences to investigate these questions, my work remains focused upon that same nexus of human well-being, science, technology, and the more-than-human world.

Featured image by Tony Webster – CC Some Rights Reserved.

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