CfP: New Perspectives in Energy History

Yale University’s working group on Global Environmental History invites graduate students and early career practitioners in History and allied fields to propose papers for our Spring 2024 “New Perspectives in Energy History” conference on March 2nd, 2024.

The conference is intended to build upon recent contributions that have aimed to better situate the role energy resources have played in driving historical change for societies and ecologies from early modernity to the present. The conference hopes to engage with new perspectives in the context of both climate and environmental change across the lifecycles of such resources, from extraction to refinement, distribution and consumption, and the attendant externalities that have accompanied and problematized them. To this end, we invite submissions that speak to diverse ‘Ecologies of Energy’ across historical time.

Within this broader theme, we encourage the submission of abstracts engaging with topics including but not limited to:

  • Extractive economies
  • Non-extractive histories
  • Political ecologies of energy
  • Energy infrastructures
  • Waste
  • Workers and Labour
  • Energy and Culture
  • States, Policies and Geopolitics
  • Scarcity, Crisis and Disaster
  • Landscapes and geographies of energy
The conference will take place in New Haven, CT, at Yale University in-person on March 2nd, 2024, and will include three panels of graduate and early-career researchers. A faculty panel will conclude the day’s activities with a discussion of innovative approaches to energy history. With an eye to accepting a diversity of submissions from scholars near and far, we also aim to host two virtual panels in the weeks preceding the conference. Those interested in participating in a virtual panel are also encouraged to send in abstracts.

Yale faculty conveners include Sunil Amrith, Renu and Anand Dhawan Professor of History, and Paul Sabin, Randolph W. Townsend Jr. Professor of History.

Key Dates

  • Submissions must be emailed to by no later than November 10th, 2023.
  • Accepted presenters will be notified by December 5th, 2023, and asked to submit a full version of their paper for circulation to panel commentators by February 9th, 2024.
Submission Guidelines
  • Submissions should be in the form of a SINGLE document in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format, and must include the following: (1) your name, institutional affiliation, and contact information; (2) a 250 to 500 word abstract; (3) a one-page C.V. Please include your name, paper title, and email address in your submission.
  • Please do not submit panel proposals–individual papers will be grouped into panels by the conference organizers.
  • Limited travel funding may be available to participants from the northeastern US region. Please indicate if you are submitting an abstract for a virtual panel only.
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We are grateful to our Co-Sponsors and Supporters:

The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale

The Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund

Yale Environmental Humanities

Yale Planetary Solutions Project