Sounding Crisis


On January 6, 2022, our “Energies Consciousness” Reading Group will start working. From January until August, every first and third Thursday of each month, we will meet online to discuss core texts of the emerging field of Energy Humanities. Each month will be devoted to one particular aspect. (see below)

Every first Thursday, we will discuss a chosen text within the group, and every third Thursday, we will have an informed discussion with an expert we invited to be our guest. In general, all sessions will last from 19:00 to 21:00 CET (Copenhagen). According to the time zone our guests are in the appointments might alter. You can download a detailed program here.

For access to the texts please write to ania(dot)mauruschat(at)hum(dot)ku(dot)dk.

Link to the Zoom sessions:

Coordinators:  Ania Mauruschat & Jenny Gräf Sheppard (both Copenhagen) 

Core team:  Akvilė Buitvydaitė (Copenhagen), Aldo Mendoza (Mexico City), Elisa Ferrari (Vancouver), Mimmi Bie (Copenhagen)

January 2022: The Physics of Energy 

Jan. 6, 19:00 – 21:00 CET: 

By Sharon Niscak - emailed from author, CC BY-SA 4.0,

E.C. Pielou: Energy of Nature. Chapter 1 – 3 (Energy is everywhere / What is Energy? Some Preliminary Physics / Energy and Its Ultimate Fate), 17 (Wave Energy: Sound and Seismic Waves), 19 (How Energy is used) & Epilogue.

Jan. 20, 19:00 – 21:00 CET: 

Prof. Dr. Anders Svensson

Presentation on Global Warming by Anders Svensson, Associate professor at Niels Bohr Institute of the University of Copenhagen and Head of Studies of MSc Climate Change. Afterward, discussion on the different approaches to climate change and energies from natural sciences and humanities.

Anders’s presentation and the discussion will be recorded and afterward made available on the “Sounding Crisis”-YouTube channel.  

Recommended links on global warming and climate change:

February 2022: Energy Humanities 

Feb. 3, 19:00 – 21:00 CET: 

Casey Williams: Energy Humanities (forthcoming in The Johns Hopkins Guide to Critical and Cultural Theory) (15 pages)

Dominic Boyer: “Energopower. An Introduction.” In: Anthropological Quarterly, Volume 87, Number 2, Spring 2014, pp. 309-333 (Article)

Feb. 17, 19:00 – 21:00 CET: 

Guest expert on Energy Humanities (TBA)

March 2022: Energy Intimacy & Indigenous Studies

March 3, 19:00 – 21:00 CET: 

Warren Cariou (2017): “Aboriginal”, in Jennifer Wenzel, Patricia Yaeger & Imre Szeman (eds.): Fueling Cultures. 101 Words of Energies and Environments.

Kent Linthicum; Mikaela Relford; Julia C. Johnson:
„Defining Energy in Nineteenth-Century Native American Literature” (2021) in: Environmental Humanities. 13:2 (November 2021).

March 17, 19:00 – 21:00 CET:

Guest expert on Indigenous Energy Studies (TBA) 

March/April 2022: Animism & Other Cultural Energies

March 31, 19:00 – 21:00 CET:

Tim Ingold (2006) Rethinking the animate, re-animating thought, Ethnos, 71:1, 9-20.

Milford Graves (2010): Music Extensions of Infinite Dimensions. in John Zorn (ed.): Arcana V – music, magic, mysticism.

Jake Meginsky & Neil Colaca Young (2018): Milford Graves Full Mantis. (92 min.)

April 21, 17:00 – 19:00 CET: 

Guest expert: Jake Meginsky, composer & filmmaker, director of  Milford Graves – Full Mantis (2018)

May 2022: Energies of Vibrations & the Senses 

May 5, 19:00 – 21:00 CET

May 19, 19:00 – 21:00 CET

Guest expert (TBA)

June 2022: Sub-Audible Energies & Vibrotactile Phenomena 

June 2, 19:00 – 21:00 CET

Andrew Beletty: Listening to Country. Energy, Time and Ecology in Aboriginal Worldmaking (2018) (150 pages)

June 16, 10:00 – 12:00 CET

Guest expert: Andrew Beletty, Indian-born Australian audio-visual Designer, Vibrotactile Media Artist and Writer

July 2022: Energy, Rhythm & Chronobiology 

June 30, 19:00 – 21:00 CET

Guest expert (TBA)

August 2022, Energies & Arts

August 4, 10:00 – 12:00 CET

Douglas Kahn: Introduction. In: Douglas Kahn (ed.): Energies in the arts. (2019)

August 18, 10:00 – 12:00 CET

Douglas Kahn, Honorary Professor at the Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University, Professor Emeritus at the University of New South Wales (AUS) and Professor Emiritus at University of California, Davis (USA

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