Apr 10 2019

A Seascape of Power

The Political Ecologies Working Group

April 10, 2019

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Lower Level - SH


701 S. Morgan St. , Chicago, IL 60607

Speaker: Gökçe Günel, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Arizona

Many countries around the world are having difficulty in meeting rising power demands, and employ quick energy generation mechanisms to satisfy the needs of their populations. One such technology is powerships — repurposed ships that serve as mobile power generators. Currently, the only commercial producer of powerships is a Turkish company that converts second-hand ships into floating power plants in shipyards in Tuzla, Istanbul. Floating power plants attach themselves to national grids, and using fuel oil and natural gas, produce inexpensive electricity for countries such as Lebanon, Iraq, Ghana, Zambia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, and Indonesia. For instance, the powership in Ghana currently provides 23% of the country’s electricity. Drawing on fieldwork in Turkey and various parts of Africa, this talk will analyze how powership company representatives set up thick relations with governments in Africa, explore the shipyards where ships are manufactured, and investigate the use of a floating power plant in Ghana.

Co-sponsored with the Department of Anthropology



UIC Institute for the Humanities

Date posted

Mar 20, 2019

Date updated

Mar 20, 2019