Dominic Boyer and Imre Szeman on “The Rise of the Energy Humanities”

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014
Dominic Boyer and Imre Szeman on “The Rise of the Energy Humanities”

(Image from Issac Cordal, Cement Eclipses)

Dominic Boyer and Imre Szeman have co-authored an opinion piece in the Canadian publication University Affairs. They argue that the human sciences should play a major role in understanding and solving the energy crisis. They ask why the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is composed almost entirely of scientists, and suggest that this could be a mistake. Even if electrons and metaphors can be comfortably explained by the separate disciplines that now study them, climate change and sustainability cannot. They are problems of culture and society as well as geology and atmospheric chemistry, and we won’t understand them or know what to do next without the input of the humanities and social sciences.

You can read the article here.