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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

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

Cafe Scientifique Presents: Wind At the Margins of the State: Autonomy and Renewable Energy in Southern Mexico

22nd May 2014, 18:00, Fisher Café, Ustinov College

Featuring COFUND Fellows Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer, Dept. of Anthropology, Rice University.

In Oaxaca’s Isthmus of Tehuantepec, state and private interests have created the densest development of wind power anywhere in the world. This presentation examines how a governmentally supported, ecologically timely project, the Mareña Renovables wind park, failed in the face of unprecedented local resistance. We argue that while transitions to renewable energy have the ethical potential to leverage a global climatological good, when they are seen to contravene local claims for rights, autonomy, environmental knowledge and ecological stewardship, such projects can generate instead the conditions for contention and collapse.