CfP - Coloniality and contestation at the crossroads of just energy transitions

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Joshua Kirshner

Jul 13, 2022, 11:04:18 AMJul 13
Dear Colleagues,

Please find below the CfP for our planned workshop and special issue.

'The ‘West’ and the ‘Rising Powers’: Coloniality and contestation at the
crossroads of just energy transitions'

Ankit Kumar, University of Sheffield; Joshua Kirshner, University of York;
Lata Narayanaswamy, University of Leeds; James Van Alstine, University of

Questions related to China’s role in extraction, land acquisition,
debt-trap and neo-colonialism have received much scholarly attention over
the last 5-8 years. There is growing interest in, but less attention given
to, India’s growing role in energy transitions in the global South. For
example, At COP21 in Paris, India partnered with France to create the
International Solar Alliance (ISA) to support transitions to solar energy.
Along with this, the wider (neo)-colonial dynamics of India and China as
interlocutors for Western demands with regards to energy consumption and
associated resource extraction remains less explored. For example, the key
role played by many Western countries in initiatives like the ISA raises
the question of South-South cooperation getting muddled by ‘partnership’ or
‘co-option’ by global North countries and actors.

We invite scholarship that explores dynamics in ways that speak to how we
might collectively reveal the colonial continuities in the reality of just
energy transitions, particularly bringing together the politics of
India-China-West relations as they play out in parts of the global South,
where commodity frontiers for fueling the energy transitions in particular
are still predominantly located.

More detailed description and timeline here:

Please email your abstracts 250 words abstract and 100 words bio by 10
August 2022 to: Ankit Kumar (; Joshua Kirshner (; Lata Narayanaswamy (;
James Van Alstine (

Best Wishes,
Dr Joshua Kirshner
Senior Lecturer, Department of Environment and Geography, University of York
Associate, Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC)

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