Author: katieritson

  • “Fuelling Fairytales? The Quest for an Offshore Happy End”

    “Fuelling Fairytales? The Quest for an Offshore Happy End”

    My talk for the Rachel Carson Center‘s Lunchtime Colloquium series is now available to view online.

  • Seed funding for project “Intimate Energies in Domestic Spaces”

    This mini-project, developed together with Abigail Harrison Moore at the University of Leeds and Ruth Sandwell at the University of Toronto, has been selected for funding as part of the Intersecting Energy Cultures Working Group at the Penn Program for Environmental Humanities. Our project uses the lens of energy practices to re-explore guidebooks, recipe-books, novels, other…

  • Critical PetroAesthetics Collaboratory Workshop in Oslo

    The Critical PetroAesthetics group led by Sissel Furuseth at the University of Oslo has been a really constructive force in my thinking – especially during the pandemic, when our online reading group and discussions were a mainstay. So I’m thrilled to be able to spend non-virtual time with my colleagues and friends in Oslo this…

  • New article – reading Roy Jacobsen’s Barrøy novels as petrofiction

    “Sweat, Light, and Oil: Seeing the Energy in Roy Jacobsen’s Barrøy Novels” was published in the open-access journal Edda last month. In this article I examine Roy Jacobsen’s Barrøy novels (De usynlige (2013), Hvitt hav (2015), Rigels øyne (2017) and Bare en mor (2020)) for their depiction of energetic processes. I argue that these novels are examples of petrofiction, arising out of…

  • Project presentation in Freiburg

    On 23 June I will present my project at the Environmental Humanities Lunchtime Colloquium in Freiburg. Looking forward to an interesting discussion!

  • More oil & gender…

    …this time in Würzburg. Looking forward to discussing the topic with the participants and with the fabulous Julia Leyda in the Environmental Humanities workshop series on 19 May.

  • NoRS-EH Doctoral School in Trondheim

    This week I am in Trondheim for a five-day interdisciplinary doctoral school organised by NoRS-EH and hosted by NTNU Trondheim. Brilliant people and some exciting discussions so far, I’m looking forward to my own session on energy tomorrow.

  • EASLCE webinar

    Together with my partner in crime Julia Leyda I will be hosting the 19th EASLCE webinar on 31 March. We will be getting stuck in to Cara Daggett’s concept of petro-masculinity and asking questions about oil and gender in European texts and films/TV. More info here:

  • Book review of David Larsson Heidenblad Den gröna vändningen

    I recently had the chance to read this book by David Larsson Heidenblad. You can read my review of it for H-Soz-Kult here.

  • Oil Spaces webinar

    I’m a listed speaker at this event on 13 December 2021.