'This Shining Confluence of Magic and Technology': solarpunk, energy imaginaries, and the infrastructures of solarity

Williams, R. (2019) 'This Shining Confluence of Magic and Technology': solarpunk, energy imaginaries, and the infrastructures of solarity. Open Library of Humanities, 5(1), 60. (doi:10.16995/olh.329)

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Abstract

This article will engage in an extended analysis of solarpunk, a richly elaborated speculative solar energy imaginary. It will ask, firstly, what solarpunk suggests about the formal, semiotic, and aesthetic dimensions of existing solar technology, and the kinds of fantasies such technology facilitates. Secondly, it will analyse how imaginary infrastructures figure a variety of social and technological elements necessary to transition, and how fantastical technologies are deployed to facilitate even the most empirical of transition imaginaries. Thirdly, it will ask what solarpunk suggests about the relationship between alternative energy imaginaries, community-building, and agency in the present struggle over energy transition.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Special Issue: 'Powering the Future: Energy Resources in Science Fiction and Fantasy'
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Williams, Dr Rhys
Authors: Williams, R.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Journal Name:Open Library of Humanities
Publisher:Open Library of Humanities
ISSN:2056-6700
ISSN (Online):2056-6700
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Author
First Published:First published in Open Library of Humanities 5(1): 60
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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