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EOGAN Conference 2017: Transition in Energy History

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Join us in Paris in June for the 8th conference of the European Oil & Gas Archives Network!

EOGAN provides a network for people working to preserve and promote the use of oil and gas related records across Europe, including:

  • archivists, records managers and records creators in the industry

  • oil and gas companies wishing to develop business archives

  • museums and organisations with an interest in energy history

  • universities and academics working on energy-related topics

The annual EOGAN conference is a meeting place for people to share ideas and to develop valuable international links across the energy research and archives sectors.

The theme for the 2017 Conference is ‘Transition in Energy History’ and we will be exploring the following broad topics:

  • Energy Transitions: Lessons from History

  • Economic and Social Transitions in Energy

  • Documenting Transition: The Role of Archives

  • Energy History in France and the French-speaking world

  • Capturing Transition: Photography and Visual Culture

  • Technological Innovations in Energy

We will hear from a range of academics, archivists and historians from across Europe and beyond, including representatives from Total, Shell, Paris-Sorbonne University, the University of Aberdeen, the Norwegian Petroleum Museum and the Norwegian Oil and Gas Archive. The full programme can be seen below.

The conference is free to attend but please note we are unable to provide funding for travel and hotels. Here is a list of suggested hotels near to the conference venue:

Ibis hotels (map)
La Défense Centre
La Défense Courbevoie
Styles La Défense Courbevoie

Adagio apartments (map)
Access La Défense Puteaux
La Défense Courbevoie
La Défense Kleber

Also, Mercure La Défense (map)

The event includes a welcome breakfast, lunch and afternoon coffee break on each day, plus a drinks reception on the evening of 01 June; there is no conference dinner but there will be an informal evening meal on 31 May and 01 June. A conference pack will also be provided on arrival.

We are very grateful to Total for agreeing to host the conference this year at such a fabulous venue, and for providing administrative support.

We hope to see you there! For more information, please visit our website:



(Please note: it is possible that the speakers, and the order of papers in each session, might change)


09:30 – 10.00 Registrations open – coffee
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome: TOTAL representative
10.15 – 10.30 Welcome: Siobhan Convery, Convenor, EOGAN

10.30 – 12.00 SESSION 1: Energy Transitions – Lessons from History

1. Professor Brian Black, Penn State University - ‘Leaping the Gap: Tracing Changing Conceptions of Energy in World History’
2. Professor Yves Bouvier, Paris-Sorbonne University and Dr Leonard Laborie, National Center for Scientific Research, UMR Sirice (Paris) - ‘Lessons Learnt from Writing History with Energy Transition’
3. Marten Boon, Norwegian University of Science and Technology - 'Royal Dutch Shell and the marketisation of oil (1974-1990)'

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch and exhibition of material from TOTAL’s corporate archives

13.00 – 15.00 SESSION 2: Economic and Social Transitions in Energy

4. Dr John Bowlus, Center for Energy and Sustainable Development, Kadir Has University, Istanbul - ‘A Farewell to King Coal: Global Power and the Transition to Oil, 1901-17' (Paper by Dr. Volkan Ş. Ediger & Dr. John V. Bowlus)
5. Dr Emmanuelle Gallo, École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Bretagne - ‘Sources and Methodology for Studying Energy Consumption in some Parisian Public Buildings (19th - 20th Centuries)’
6. Trude Meland, Norwegian Petroleum Museum - ‘Kristiansund: A small city facing a major industry’
7. Joe Chapman, ‘Capturing the Energy’, University of Aberdeen - ‘Are reports of North Sea oil’s death greatly exaggerated? Lessons from history’

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee

15.30 – 17.00 SESSION 3: Documenting Transition: the Role of Archives

8. Ine Fintland and Torkel Thime, Regional State Archives, Stavanger - ‘The Value of Archives in Times of Transition’
9. Dr Terry Brotherstone and Andrew MacGregor, University of Aberdeen - ‘From Creator to Archivist to User – How the Oral Record Contributes to Energy History:examples from the experience of the Lives in the Oil Industry Project’
10. Eivind Skarung, Norwegian Oil and Gas Archive, Regional State Archives, Stavanger - ‘Decommissioning: challenges and opportunities for archival institutions’

17.15 – 18.30 Reception: drinks and canapés – free evening


09.00 – 09.30 Coffee

09.30 – 10.30 SESSION 4 – Keynote and Q&A

11. Alain Beltran, Director of Research, CNRS - 'The constitution of the history of energy in France'

10.30 – 12.00 SESSION 5: Energy History in France and the French-speaking world

12. Dr Marta Musso, European University Institute - ‘Oil for development: French-Algerian and Italian-Algerian negotiations in the aftermath of the independence war (1962-1971)’
13. Dr Radouan Mounecif, University of Paris - ‘Petroleum engineers and technicians in colonial and postcolonial Algeria: a contribution to social history of the French oil industry (1944-1971)’
14. Benoit Doessant, Total - ‘Maritime Transport of Hydrocarbons: the French oil companies between economic imperatives and obligations of flag (1918-1998)’

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch

13.00 – 14.30 SESSION 6: Capturing Transition: Photography and Visual Culture

15. Fabrizio Trisoglio, Fondazione AEM - ‘The Cathedrals of Energy: tradition and innovation in AEM Historical Archives’
16. Rudmer Canjels, Shell - Filming Royal Dutch Shell: Prospecting for Science, Technology and Progress
17. Barbara Bergaglio, Fondazione Camera - Centro Italiano per la Fotografia - 'The case of the reuse of Eni’s photographic archives'

14.30 – 15.00 Coffee

15.00 – 16.30 SESSION 7: Technological Innovations in Energy

18. Roberto Cantoni, Sciences-Po CERI, Paris - ‘Second Galicia? Poland’s fossil narratives in the longue durée’
19. Kristin Øye Gjerde, Norwegian Petroleum Museum - ‘The subsea-technology development on the Norwegian continental shelf’
20. Finn Harald Sandberg, Norwegian Petroleum Museum - 'New Energy – same technology (Hydro – Petro - Ventus)'

16.30 – 17.00 Members meeting & AGM

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