Decolonising Renewable Energy: Aeolian Aesthetics in the poetry of Fatma Galia Mohammed Salem and Limam Boisha

Allan, Joanna (2019) Decolonising Renewable Energy: Aeolian Aesthetics in the poetry of Fatma Galia Mohammed Salem and Limam Boisha. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies. ISSN 1475-3839 (In Press)

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Abstract

Exploro resistencia al colonialismo de energía en las obras de los poetas saharauis Limam Boisha y Fatma Galia Mohammed Salem. Primero, sigo los cables de la infraestructura de energía en Sahara Occidental ocupado para entender cómo sol y viento se vuelven implicados, materialmente y discursivamente, en procesos de colonialismo. Después, razono que Boisha y Mohammed Salem usan estéticas eólicas para resistir los discursos colonizadores de constructores de energía renovable. Estéticas eólicas están formadas por el viento en términos de estructura, motivos, imaginario y recursos retóricos. Hacen una llamada categórica a todos los sentidos a través de los cuales conocemos el viento: sonido y tacto, y visiones de lo que es soplado por lo mismo. Las estéticas eólicas que moldean los textos saharauis exploradas en este articulo desafían entendimientos hegemónicos de (energía de) viento y de los corazones desérticos del Sahara Occidental, así resistiendo a discursos de corporaciones que promulgan colonialismo.

I explore resistance to energy colonialism in the works of the Saharian poets Limam Boisha and Fatma Galia Mohammed Salem. First, I follow the cables of energy infrastructure in occupied Western Sahara to understand how sun and wind become involved, materially and discursively, in colonialist processes. Next, I argue that Boisha and Mohammed Salem use aeolian aesthetics to resist the colonising discourses of renewable energy companies. Aeolian aesthetics are formed by the wind in terms of structure, motives, imaginarium and rhetorical resources. They make a categoric call to all the senses by which we know the wind: sound and touch, and vision of that which is blown by the same. The aeolian aesthetics which mould the Saharian texts explored in this article defy hegemonic understandings of wind (energy) and of the desert hearts of the Western Sahara, thus resisting discourses of corporations which promote colonialism.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Western Sahara, energy, petroculture, colonialism, wind, aeolian aesthetics
Subjects: R400 Spanish studies
T500 African studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Joanna Allan
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2019 13:15
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 09:37
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/39835

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