Global extractivism: anthropological perspectives on the making of "resource frontiers"

Dienstag, 07.12.2021

While accessible mineral deposits decrease and while public concerns about the socio-environmental consequences of extraction are on the rise, the growing global demand for minerals, oil and gas coupled with recent spikes in commodity prices has led to a massive acceleration and expansion of mineral extraction worldwide. This Sachbereichs-/Regionalübung examines how "resource frontiers" are constructed, valuated, and exploited across the global networks of the extractive industries. Going beyond the apparent linearity of so-called global supply chains, this course analyses how nature is turned into resources across networks of investment, production, circulation, qualification, and consumption. We will focus on the contested assemblage of legal discourses and practices, actors and institutions, politics and logistics, infrastructures and meanings that make up extractivism. Drawing on interdisciplinary sources at the crossroads of critical economic, political and legal anthropology, we will pay specific attention to issues of scales in the transnational circulation, contestation, and articulation of norms, as well as to their roles in the making of "frontiers", in the channelling of "resources", and in the global distribution of extraction's profits and losses.

No separate registration is required to attend regular lectures/seminars.

Veranstaltungsart:Vorlesung/Seminar vor Ort
Dozierende(r): Dr. Matthieu Pierre Michel Bolay Dubuis
07.12.2021:12:15 - 14:00
Ort:Raum: F-103 (Keine Angabe)
0 36
3012 Bern

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