One refinery, different worlds. Ecological impacts and concerns during Europe's energy transition to oil I

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The goal of this panel is thus to examine the environmental history of oil refineries and petrochemical complexes in Western Europe. By exploring the different ‘worlds’ of chosen installations, material and imaginary, ‘natural’ and ‘cultural’, social, political, epistemic and economic, we wish to ask differentiated questions: How were refineries embedded in local ecosystems, built environments and envirotechnical assemblages? How did the various groups (unequally) affected by a refinery, make sense, deal with and react to its environmental and health consequences over time? By exploring such questions through an interdisciplinary dialogue, we seek to build a ‘usable past’, highlighting the contingency of current energy regimes.
Period4 Jul 2022
Event titleEuropean Society for Environmental History Conference 2022
Event typeConference
LocationBristol, United KingdomShow on map