Social Liberals/Energetic Conservatives in the As-Good-as-New-World

Christopher Jenkins

University of Ottawa

Christopher Jenkins is a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa. His dissertation focuses on intersections between nineteenth-century American literature and classical thermodynamics, looking specifically at concerns over energetic conservation and dissipation that crossed natural and cultural lines. Besides an interest in literature and science studies, he is very much interested in the question of ethics in the Anthropocene. He has recently been developing a post-doc proposal that proposes a re-reading of Emerson’s doctrine of self-reliance through the lens of Rene Girard’s mimetic anthropology as a means of developing a virtue ethics meet for the crisis of the Anthropocene.


Long in use, the term “energy” gained new currency in the mid-nineteenth century with the development of the science of thermodynamics, the first law of which states that “the energy of the universe is constant.”... [ view full abstract ]


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P26 » Roundtable: C19 Energy Humanities (15:45 - Thursday, 22nd March, Fiesta I-II)

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