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Thursday, October 22

Sunil Amrith, Harvard University

11:00 - 11:15
Harriet Ritvo, MIT

11:15 - 12:30
Session 1

Commentator: Emma Rothschild, Harvard University

Leif Fredrickson, The Age of Lead: Suburbanization, Environmental Health, and Urban Underdevelopment

Shi-Lin Loh, Exposed Bodies, Experimental Rays: Radiation in Japan before Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Matthew Sohm, The  Toxic  Cloud  of  Seveso:  Environmental  Anxieties  in  1970s  Italy

12:30 - 2:30

2:30 - 3:45
Session 2

Commentator: Ian J. Miller, Harvard University

Kayt Button, Mapping the Local Response to the National Strategy: How the British Electrical Grid was Built and Developed

Victor Seow, Running On and Out of Alternatives: The Charcoal-Powered Automobile in Transwar China

David Lamoureux, Powering Urban Development: Public Electricity Supply in Lagos from Independence to the Present

3:45 - 4:00

4:00 - 5:15
Session 3

Commentator: Sunil Amrith, Harvard University

Jonathan Hill, Jr., Electric Revolution: Energy, Environment, and the State in Early Twentieth-Century Mexico

Marta Musso, Oil will set us free: decolonisation processes and nationalisation in the Algerian oil industry (1956-1971)

Aditya Ramesh, Planning the "Economy": Development and Hydroelectricity in Colonial South India

5:15 - 7:00
Session 4

Commentator: Harriet Ritvo, MIT

Hanza Diman, "Wood for the kitchen": towards a history of the supply and use of fuelwood in urban households of West Africa: The case of Lomé (from 1884 to the present)

Mary Draper, "To be recovered out of the Sea": Creating Urban Land in Port Royal, Jamaica, 1655-1722

Sofia Henriques, Historical transitions in energy services: Lisbon from 1850 to the Present


Friday, October 23

9:15 - 10:30
Session 5

Commentator: Paul Warde, University of Cambridge

Guillemette Crouzet, "The Land they lost…" Oil exploitation in Persia and its environmental impact on the Bakhtiyari lands at the beginning of the 20th century

Bathsheba Demuth, The Energy of Borders: Ecology, Walrus Hunting, and Sovereignty at the Bering Straits

Yongle Xue, Conquest or Compromise? Dealing with Nature along the Sino-Indian Road and Pipeline in World War II

10:30 - 10:45

10:45 - 11:15
Visualization Presentation
Robert Pietrusko, Harvard University
Nikhil Mulani, Center for History & Economics

11:15 - 12.30
Session 6

Commentator: Emma Rothschild, Harvard University

Branden Adams, Coal in California: Industrial Energy on the West Coast of America, 1850-1900

Casey Cater, "The True Regulative Force": Race, Class, Hydroelectricity, and Regulation in Progressive-Era Georgia

Rohit Chandra, Evolving State Capitalism: The Indian Coal Industry

12:30 - 1:30

1:30 - 1:45
David Blackbourn, Vanderbilt University

1:45 - 3:00
Session 7

Commentator: Sunil Amrith, Harvard University

Justin McBrien, To Move Heaven and Earth: Nuclear Explosions, "Inadvertent Weather Modification," and Cold War Geoengineering Schemes, 1945-1980

Victor McFarland, When Fracking Went Nuclear: Projects Gasbuggy, Rulison, and Rio Blanco

Rebecca Wright, Constructing Energy Futures: Confronting Time During the 1946 "Fuel and the Future" Conference

3:00 - 3:30
Concluding Remarks