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Cold Water Oil
Offshore Petroleum Cultures

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ISBN 9780367903923
December 20, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
280 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Cold Water Oil: Offshore Petroleum Cultures is a collection of essays examining how societies conceive of fossil fuel extraction in the inhospitable but fragile waters of the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans.

Around a third of the world’s oil and gas is produced from beneath the ocean floor, and this proportion is increasing as companies push into deeper and more remote areas. Nonetheless, only spectacular spills and blowouts bring the offshore petroleum industry widespread attention. The volume offers the first interdisciplinary study of diverse cultural imaginaries driving continued development in these regions, and points to alternatives. Cold Water Oil is a major contribution to energy humanities and critical ocean studies scholarship, and broader interrogations of climate change and environmental issues. Connecting the perspectives of North American and European scholars, it intervenes in regional and global debates about natural resource extraction off northern coasts.

Cold Water Oil will be of great interest to students and researchers interested in climate change, energy humanities, critical ocean studies, and North Atlantic and Arctic issues.

Table of Contents

1. Heading Offshore: Introducing Cold Water Oil, Fiona Polack and Danine Farquharson 2. "We Are Torn About Our Future:" Big Oil and Iñupiaq Community Health in Arctic Alaska, Chie Sakakibara and Rosemary Ahtuangaruak 3. Encountering the Nonhuman in North Atlantic Oil Catastrophes, Fiona Polack 4. Dynamic Positioning: North Sea Petroculture’s Backwash, Graeme Macdonald 5.The Call of Cthoilu: The Weird Subject of Cold Water Oil, Jason Haslam 6. Contested and Emergent Futures: Film and Energy Regimes of the Newfoundland Offshore, Rachel Webb Jekanowski 7. Dispatches from Two Cold Water Oil Cultures: Norway and Newfoundland and Labrador, Brigt Dale and Danine Farquharson 8. Art and the Offshore, Sue Jane Taylor 9. Time for Oil: Competing Petrotemporalities in Norway’s Lofoten/Vesterålen/Senja Archipelago, Berit Kristoffersen, Gavin Bridge, and Philip Steinberg 10. From Land to Polar Sea: Russia’s Ill-Starred Quest for a New Petroleum Province in the Arctic Offshore, Nina Poussenkova 11. Svalbard and Oil: A Time Bomb in the Arctic, Helge Ryggvik 12. Raw, Dense, and Loud: A Whale’s Perspective on Cold Water Energy, Amy Donovan

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Danine Farquharson is Associate Professor of English at Memorial University. Her early research focused on masculinity and violence in contemporary Irish literature and film and she has published and presented widely on authors such as Roddy Doyle, Robert McLiam Wilson, Edna O’Brien, and John McGahern. More recently, her interests are in energy humanities, specifically collaborating with Dr. Fiona Polack. Together, they examine how the North Atlantic offshore oil and gas industry is imagined in a wide range of high and popular contexts – everything from oil company websites, to visual art, to literary fiction. She is the co-editor of Shadows of the Gunmen: Violence and Culture in Modern Ireland and the co-founder with Dr. Julia Wright of Dalhousie University of SSHORE: Social Science and Humanities Ocean Research and Education.

Fiona Polack is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Academic Editor at Memorial University Press. She researches and publishes in the fields of energy and environmental humanities, island studies, and settler colonial studies. She currently leads the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight project "Oil Rigs and Islands" (2020-25), which examines contemporary cultural figurations of place-making in the offshore world, and collaborates with Danine Farquharson on other energy humanities projects. Fiona Polack is co-author of After Oil (2016), with the Petrocultures Research Group. Her edited collection Tracing Ochre: Changing Perspectives on the Beothuk was published in 2018.