Energy: Ecology, Extraction, and Religion

An afternoon symposium with Clayton Crockett and Terra Schwerin Rowe

Energy: Ecology, Extraction, and Religion

Energy: Ecology, Extraction, and Religion 733 550 Tom Carlson

Thursday, May 4, 2023
Robertson Gymnasium 1000A

A symposium on the occasion of the publication of Clayton Crockett’s Energy and Change: A New Materialist Cosmotheology (New York: Columbia University Press, 2022). The afternoon will feature presentations by Crockett and Terra Schwerin Rowe, as well as discussions on the theological and ecological significance of energy—its potentiality, its extraction—for the modern world and for the future of human life on Earth.

Session I, 12:30PM-2:30PM
“Energy, Ecology, and Spirit”
Presentation by Clayton Crockett
followed by a seminar-style discussion

Session II, 3:00PM-5:00PM
“Petro-theologies: Energy, Extraction, Religion”
Presentation by Terra Schwerin Rowe
followed by a seminar-style discussion

Illustration by Yurchanka Siarhei / Shutterstock

Clayton Crockett is Professor of Philosophy and Religion and the Director of the Religious Studies program at the University of Central Arkansas. He is the author or editor of a number of books, including Radical Political Theology (2011) and Derrida After the End of Writing (2017), and most recently, Energy and Change (2022). Crockett is also a member of the Westar Institute’s Seminar on God and the Human Future, as well as a Distinguished Research Fellow for the Global Centre for Advanced Studies.

Terra Schwerin Rowe is Associate Professor in the Philosophy and Religion Department at the University of North Texas, a leading program in environmental philosophy. She received a PhD in Theological and Philosophical Studies from Drew University as well as two master’s degrees in the Protestant tradition and theology. Her current research focuses on energy, extraction, and religion. She is a member of the Petrocultures Research Group and co-director of the AAR seminar on Energy, Extraction, and Religion. Her most recent book, Of Modern Extraction: Experiments in Critical Petro-theology (T&T Clark, Bloomsbury) was released in 2022.

This event is co-sponsored by UCSB’s Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life, and the Environmental Studies Program.

Free and open to the public.