A Field Guide to Oil in Santa Barbara


A Field Guide to Oil in Santa Barbara was created during the 2018 fall quarter of the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Energy Justice in Global Perspective at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The fall quarter graduate seminar was co-taught by Javiera Barandiarán (Global Studies) and Mona Damluji (Film and Media Studies) with the assistance of Mellon Sayer Seminar Postdoctoral Scholar Emily Roehl, who produced the Field Guide with materials created by the graduate students.

The graduate students who conducted research and created content for this website are:
Brett Aho (Global Studies)
Stephen Borunda (Film and Media Studies)
Ry Brennan (Sociology)
Sandy Carter (Bren School of Environmental Science and Management)
Sylvia Cifuentes (Global Studies)
Jéssica Malinalli Coyotecatl Contreras (Anthropology)
Sage Gerson (English)
Anthony Greco (History)
Theodore LeQuesne (Global Studies)
Sarah Lerner (Film and Media Studies)
Christopher McQuilkin (History)
Mary Michael (Film and Media Studies)
Nicky Rehnberg (History)
Ariana Salas-Castillo (Political Science)
Mario Tumen (History)

The participants would like to thank Jeremy Douglass from the Digital Arts and Humanities Commons and Laila Shereen Sakr and Alenda Chang from Wireframe Studios at UCSB for generously hosting the Mellon Sawyer Seminar's "Beyond the Spill" opening reception and exhibition, where the Field Guide was first presented to the public. 

The Mellon Sawyer Seminar was convened by five faculty members at UCSB: Javiera Barandiarán (Global Studies), Mona Damluji (Film and Media Studies), Stephan Miescher (History), David Pellow (Environmental Studies), and Janet Walker (Film and Media Studies).

The Mellon Sawyer Seminar is a collaborative effort to develop critical and creative research practices in energy justice by building on emergent work in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. At the heart of this project is conviction that movements, practices and debates among Indigenous communities worldwide and societies of the Global South are central and not auxiliary to understanding humanity’s deep embroilment with carbon-based energy. 

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