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Event details of PEPTalk #17: Energy Humanities at the Port of Amsterdam
15 May 2023
15:00 -16:00

In this talk, Jeff Diamanti will reflect on the affordances of fieldwork and creative research for humanistic inquiry into critical logistics and the political ecologies they focalize. With the IJmuiden sea locks and the port of Amsterdam as a case-study, he will describe the epistemic postures they developed given the methodological challenges posed by the unique intersection of financial, material, and ecological flows in a field designed to resist interpretation.

Jeff Diamanti is Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities (Cultural Analysis & Philosophy) at the University of Amsterdam. In 2016-17 he was the Media@McGill Postdoctoral Fellow in Media and the Environment where he co-convened the international colloquium on Climate Realism, the results of which appear in a book collection on Routledge and a double issue of Resilience. His first book, Climate and Capital in the Age of Petroleum: Locating Terminal Landscapes (Bloomsbury 2021) tracks the political and media ecology of fossil fuels across the extractive and logistical spaces that connect remote territories like Greenland to the economies of North America and Western Europe. His new research, Bloom Ecologies details the return to natural philosophy in the marine and atmospheric sciences studying the interactive dynamics of the cryosphere and hydrosphere in the North Atlantic and Arctic Ocean.

Eva Groen-Reijman will moderate the PEPTalk. She is a teacher of ethics and political philosophy, and a postdoctoral researcher on democratic theory and political microtargeting in the NWO funded interdisciplinary project Safeguarding Democratic Values In Digital Political Practices. She received her PhD (cum laude) for her thesis Deliberative Political Campaigns at the University of Amsterdam.

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