European Oil & Gas Archives Network

EOGAN is a European network of professional archives, cultural institutions and companies related to oil and gas, with the purpose to promote the retention and usage of relevant archives, and the sharing of skills and experience.

The next symposium of the network will take place in Paris on 1 and 2 June 2017.

Alain Beltran, Yves Bouvier and Léonard Laborie will present their research.



Total S.A. – Paris HQ

Tour Coupole

2 Place Jean Millet

92400 Courbevoie


Thursday 01 June

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

Professor Brian Black
Penn State University
‘Leaping the Gap: Tracing Changing Conceptions
of Energy in World History’
Professor Yves Bouvier
Paris-Sorbonne University
& Dr Leonard Laborie
National Center for Scientific Research,
UMR Sirice (Paris)
‘Lessons Learnt from Writing History
with Energy Transition’
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

Dr. John V. 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)
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)’
Trude Meland
Norwegian Petroleum Museum
A small city facing a major industry’
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

Ine Fintland & Torkel Thime
Norwegian Oil and Gas Archive,
Regional State Archives, Stavanger
‘The Value of Archives in Times of Transition’
Dr Terry Brotherstone
& 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’
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

Friday 02 June

09.00 – 09.30    Coffee
09.30 – 10.30    SESSION 4 – Keynote and Q&A

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

Dr Marta Musso
European University Institute
‘Oil for development: French-Algerian and
Italian-Algerian negotiations in the aftermath
of the independence war (1962-1971)’
Radouan Mounecif
University of Paris 8
‘Petroleum engineers and technicians in colonial
and postcolonial Algeria: a contribution to social
history of the French oil industry (1944-1971)’
Dr Benoit Doessant
Paris-Sorbonne University / Total
‘Maritime Transport of Hydrocarbons:
the French oil companies between economic
imperatives and obligations of flag (1918-1998)’

12.00 – 13.00    Lunch and discussion with Dr Roberto Cantoni about his new book

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

Fabrizio Trisoglio
Fondazione AEM
‘The Cathedrals of Energy: tradition and
innovation in AEM Historical Archives’
Rudmer Canjels
Filming Royal Dutch Shell: Prospecting for
Science, Technology and Progress
Barbara Bergaglio
Fondazione Camera – Centro Italiano
per la Fotografia, Torino
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

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

16.30 – 17.00    Members meeting & AGM

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

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