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Speakers: Dr Jeff Diamanti, University of Amsterdam (author); Dr Graeme Macdonald, University of Warwick and Andrea Pintar, VU Amsterdam (respondents)
Date: Thursday 17 June 2021
Time: 18:00 Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Location: online (Zoom)
We are looking forward to a special book launch event with our dear colleague in Amsterdam, Dr. Jeff Diamanti. In Climate and Capital in the Age of Petroleum, Jeff Diamanti describes the destructive relationship between climate and capital through the exponential growth of the petroleum industry over the last 40 years. Building on key insights in the environmental and energy humanities, Diamanti introduces the concept of the ‘terminal landscape’ as a site of storage, transformation and transition, essential to critical ecology in the 21st century.
Arguing that this infrastructure rests on millennia of compact matter, centuries of colonial violence, and decades of technological development, Diamanti’s analysis deepens our understanding of the environment as a ‘terminal landscape’ through case studies of oil companies, countries, artworks, and historical events. Using his under-examined typology of global energy further theorises and politicises the climate crisis for scholars and activists alike.
About Jeff: Jeff Diamanti is Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. In edition to co-editing Energy Cultures (West Virginia UP, 2019) and Climate Realism (Routledge, 2020) he is also co-organizer of “At the Moraine” with Amanda Boetzkes, an ongoing research project on the political ecology of glacial retreat in the Arctic (early research from which appears in E-flux).