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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

SASS Seminar Series 2011-2012: Oiling the Wheels of Society

19th September 2011, 15:00 to 17:00, Room 113, SASS, 32 Old Elvet, Durham, John Urry, Distinguished Professor, Lancaster University

An examination of the centrality of energy resources to social formations with especial focus on how twentieth century societies were built around and became path-dependent upon oil. Subsequent consideration of the contingency of this relationship and whether there is any plan B when in this new century oil is less cheap, plentiful and much more contested especially with the growth of China whose oil supply has itself just peaked. More generally to consider whether 'modernity' was a contingent and lucky consequence of oil gushing out of the ground, beginning with the first oil gusher at Spindletop, Texas in 1901.

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