Energy Capitals Conference


Energy Resources: Europe and Its Former Colonies

Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany

The University of Houston Center for Public History and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany, will jointly convene a workshop entitled Energy Resources: Europe and Its Former Colonies at the Deutsches Museum in Munich from October 3-5, 2012.

The meeting follows on the successful workshop, Energy Capitals: Local Impact, Global Influence,held in May 2010 at the University of Houston.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together fourteen presenters to discuss historical perspectives on the relationship between European nations and their former colonies with respect to: the exploitation of energy resources, European influences on the development of energy industries in the former colonies, the environmental implications of energy resource development, questions of technology transfer and the transformation of knowledge vis-à-vis energy development, and the postcolonial dimensions of energy resources in a global perspective.

The workshop participants represent institutions in nine different nations. Here is the tentative workshop schedule.


October 3, 2012

13:30 — 14:00 Welcome and Introduction by the Organizers

14:00 — 15:30 Session 1: The Politics of Hydro-Power

Ingo Heidbrink (Old Dominion University, USA): “Hydro-Power – The Unlikely Economic Base for a Complete Sovereignty of Greenland” 

Marc Landry (Georgetown University, USA): “The Anschluss and Its Aftermath: An Electrical Union?”

Comment: Thomas Zeller (University of Maryland, USA, and RCC, Germany)

15:30 — 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 — 18:15 Session 2: Vantage Point-Europe

Giuliano Garavini (University of Padova, Italy): “Western Europe Facing the 1973 ‘Oil Shock’”

Arne Kaijser and Peer Hoegelius (Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden): “The (Dis)advantages of Being Non-Colonial: Swedish Energy Relations with Former European Colonies

Valentina Roxo (Ludwig-Maximilians-University, and RCC, Germany): “Azerbaijin’s Oil for Tsarist and Soviet Russia: A Different Imperialist Exploitation”

Comment: Gunnar Nerheim (University of Stavanger)

18:15 — 19:30 Dinner

19:30 — 20:30 Keynote Address

Brian Black (Penn State University, USA): “Global Crude: Organizing International Petroleum Development, 1900-1930”

October 4, 2012

09:00 — 10:30 Session 3: Coal

Ihediwa Chimee (University of Nigeria, Nigeria):   “Master-Servant Relationships in Energy Resource Exploitation: The Nigerian Extractive Industry and British Colonial Exploitation in Historical Perspective”

Chris Jones (University of California, Berkeley, USA):   “The British Shaping of America’s First Fossil Fuel Transition”

Comment: Franz-Josef Brüggemeier (University of Freiburg, and RCC, Germany)

10:30 — 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 — 12:30 Session 4: Green Energy

Claire Campbell (Dalhousie University, Canada): “A Return to History? Exploring the Energies of a Maritime Environment in Nova Scotia, Canada”

Kate Showers (University of Sussex, UK): “European Renewable Energy Mandates and African Environments: Historical Contexts with Contemporary Policy Implications” 

Comment: To be determined

12:30 — 13:30 Lunch

13:30 — 15:00: Session 5: Oil in Africa

Kairn Klieman (University of Houston, USA): “U.S. and European Oil Companies in Africa, 1920s-1960s: Competition, Collaboration, and the Creation of an African ‘Oil Culture’”

Ndu Njoku Iheanacho (Open University of Nigeria, Nigeria): “Energy Resource Development Sustainability: The State and the Niger Delta Crisis in Nigeria, 1960-2000”

Comment: Joseph Pratt (University of Houston, USA)

15:00 — 15:30 Coffee Break

15:30 — 17:00 Session 6: Energy/Environment

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga (MIT, USA): “Energy, Environment, and Society in Africa: (Why) What Ordinary People Know (Matters)” 

Phillip Lehman (Harvard University, USA): “Desert Dreams: Energy, Climate Change, and European Projects for the Transformation of the Sahara”

Comment: To be determined

17:00 — 18:00 Concluding Discussion