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Energy Justice from Below

Azucena Castro of Stockholm University and Stanford University joins us for a New Energy talk.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Lectures & Seminars
Registration required.

Swedish Research Council postdoctoral researcher at Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm University and a postdoctoral scholar at the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures, Stanford University, Azucena Castro, will give our first New Energy talk of spring term, "Energy Justice from Below: The Role of Artivisms from the Sacrifice Zones for a Situated Political Ecology of the Energy Transition. Insights from La Guajira, Colombia and the Argentinian Patagonia." Maron Greenleaf, Assistant Professor of Geography and Irving Institute Affiliate, will moderate a Q&A following the presentation.


In this talk, Azucena Castro will address how those imaginaries are formed and sustained by hegemonic discourses but also challenged by local forms of art and activism (artivisms) that demand energy justice in the context of the energy transition. While wind and water energy have been portrayed as the solution to the climate crisis, there are many conflicts arising in regard to Eolic parks and hydroelectric dams all over Latin America. Castro will draw insights from two case studies on renewable energy forms in Latin America: La Guajira in Colombia, designated as “the epicenter of Colombia’s energy transition” for Eolic Energy, and the Argentinian Patagonia, viewed as “Patagonia-energy” for the installation hydroelectric plants. By discussing the engagement of local activist art with energy from a political ecological perspective, she will show how local needs and cosmologies are highlighted as crucial to attain an energy justice from below, i.e., a just and sustainable energy transition that considers biocultural diversity, technological sovereignty, and expanding views on energy beyond electricity.

To learn more about the series and access videos of previous talks, visit dartgo.org/NewEnergy

For more information, contact:
Irving Institute for Energy and Society

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.