Keynote Speakers

Kristin Hoganson

Kristin Hoganson is the Stanley S. Stroup Professor of United States History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her publications include Fighting for American Manhood: How Gender Politics Provoked the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars (1998), Consumers’ Imperium: The Global Production of American Domesticity, 1865–1920 (2007), The Heartland: An American History (2019) and two volumes co-edited with Jay Sexton: Crossing Empires: Taking U.S. History into Transimperial Terrain (2020) and The Cambridge History of America and the World, vol. 2, 1820–1900 (2021). She is a past president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) and the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE) and is currently researching imperialist infrastructure building at the dawn of the big carbon era.

Imre Szeman

Imre Szeman is the inaugural Director of the Institute for Environment, Conservation and Sustainability and Professor of Human Geography at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He is co-founder of the Petrocultures Research Group, which explores the socio-cultural dimensions of energy use and its implications for energy transition and climate change, and the leader of After Oil, a collective which has produced After Oil (West Virginia University Press, 2016) and Solarities: Seeking Energy Justice (University of Minnesota Press, 2022). He is author (most recently) of On Petrocultures: Globalization, Culture, and Energy (WVUP, 2019) and is working on The Future of the Sun, a book detailing corporate and state control of the transition to renewables.

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