From May 17 - May 19, 2017, I attended a conference at the TU Delft, on The Global Petroleumscape: The Spatial Impact of Oil Flows, which brought together architects, geographers, anthropologists, and historians to discuss how "Petroleum – its extraction, refining, transformation, and consumption – has shaped our built environment in visible and invisible interconnected ways around the world over the last 150 years." (from the program).
Organized by Dr. Ing. Carola Hein from TU Delft's Faculty of Architecture, the conference raised many questions about the modernist logics of oil industry in places as diverse as northern Europe, Romania, Canada, China, southern Africa, Iran and the Middle East. I presented on "The Poetics and Politics of Expertise: 20th century petroscience and governance in the Canadian North."
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