1/3/2020 – CFP: Stemming from Extracted Grounds: Extractivism, Resistance, and Possibilities of Scholarship

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6/3/2020 – CFP: Extraction: Tracing the Veins

What, when & where

Extraction: Tracing the Veins
June 29 – July 10, 2020

A PERC Virtual/ nearly carbon neutral conference
Massey University, New Zealand and Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands

The global appetite for large-scale resource extraction is insatiable. Extraction is the basis for contemporary capitalism, and for almost every commodity we engage with, use and even consume in everyday life. Like minerals coursing through veins deep in the earth and connecting in ways unseen from the surface, extraction provides a direct link between people, economy and planet, with deeply embedded connections—material, ideological and political. Extractive industries are also responsible for half of the world’s carbon emissions and more than 80% of biodiversity loss. Now, as the environmental costs become harder to ignore, we are seeing new actions to contest and reshape extractivism, and to consider post-extractive futures. From a ban on offshore oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa NZ, to industry-led sustainable mining initiatives, and to strikes and protests against mining and oil developments through the Americas, Asia, Pacific and Africa, extraction (and activism towards it) is reshaping people’s relationships with state and market institutions, with the land and soil, and with each other.

Despite the centrality of extraction to contemporary life, Anthony Bebbington (2012) wrote a few years ago of ‘the relative invisibility of minerals, oil and gas in the canons of political ecology’. While the intervening years have seen important scholarship, the extractive industries, and processes of extractivism more broadly, continues to be a fertile space for further political ecology- driven exploration. In order to re-examine extraction and its contested place in contemporary capitalism, this event calls on participants to take up the theme of Extraction, which we understand in multiple senses: extraction as the material extraction of natural resources; as a mode of accumulation central to the histories and continuation of capitalism; and as a worldview in which nature is a resource to be commodified for human consumption and accumulation. We encourage scholarly critique as well as engagement with the multiple movements that confront extraction and the communities that are practicing and imagining different systems based on regeneration.

In this nearly carbon neutral conference, we invite authors from a range of backgrounds and countries to present and collaborate virtually. The conference will take place over two weeks in June and July 2020. We welcome contributors who hail from a broad range of disciplines: sociologists, artists, engineers, environmental activists, geographers, development practitioners, biologists, economists, environmental managers, anthropologists, and industry representatives to name a few. We seek contributions that cross boundaries of social/natural sciences, and that connect local and global contextual analyses.

Papers are invited to address, but are not limited to, the following themes:

Theorising extractivism. Considering the environmental histories and ongoing colonial character of extractive industries; the historic and contemporary global flows and connections of resources and power. This may include: Social reproduction and extractivism; feminist political ecology of extraction; racism and ethnic identity formation in extractivist projects and processes; the financialization of commodities and extractivism; extractivism and climate change.
The future of extractive industries. How are extractive industries changing and adapting to environmental, social, or competitive pressures; What are the possibilities for sustainable resource extraction?; of moving away from extractive industries?; do calls for the end of extractive industries ignore the imperial histories of these industries, their centrality to modern life (and indeed to the technologies by which this conference is possible) and the different potentialities that extraction produces – from the politics of resignation, to increasingly strident forms of nationalism, and discourses of (resource) curses.
New forms of extraction. Beyond the traditional extractive industries, how do other forms of resource extraction – sand, intensive agriculture, deep sea mining, data mining, even ‘renewable’ resources – help us to re-theorise extractivism and its centrality to capitalist relations?
Confronting extractivism. Movements by indigenous Peoples, environmental groups, peasants, workers, etc. that confront extractivism, both in terms of place-based projects, and the political economy and nature/society dualisms that legitimate extractive practices.
Creative responses to extraction. How are artists, creative writers and activists responding to extraction? How is / can art challenge and subvert extractivism? We welcome creative presentations that work well on the online format, such as photography and art portfolios, short films, and creative writing.
Post-extraction and regenerative systems. Can we live without extraction? What does a post-extractivist world look like? How are communities around the world protecting and/or building regenerative rather than extractive systems? How do different worldviews, including Māori and other indigenous perspectives on extraction, take us beyond a materialist discussion of post-extractivism to imagining and building alternatives?

Deadline & how to apply

If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please send a 250 word abstract with your name, e-mail address, and affiliation to masseyPERC@gmail.com by Friday, March 6th 2020. We also welcome proposals for panels and (digital) roundtable discussions, and we encourage innovative formats. If you would like to propose a panel, please send us a short panel rationale and details of panel participants.

After the conference, some contributors will be invited to develop their presentations for publication in an edited volume.

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Nearly carbon-neutral conference format

Traditional academic conferences are responsible for a considerable amount of carbon emissions, as presenters fly from around the world to present in a single location. This also incurs significant financial costs, which often precludes researchers from developing countries and postgraduate students from attending. The Environmental Humanities Initiative at UC Santa Barbara estimated that running an online conference reduces the carbon footprint of a conference by 99%, as well as broadening their reach and accessibility.

This conference will take place entirely online in June-July 2020. Contributors will not have to travel anywhere and there is no registration fee. Conference presentations will consist of material that can be submitted online as a video file. This could take the form of a webcam recording, an edited video, a PowerPoint or Prezi with recorded audio or another form of video. Each presentation should be no more than 20 minutes long. Instructions on creating and submitting presentations for the conference are online here. For a sense of what this looks like in practice, please see previous conferences on “The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic” and “The Feral”. We also ask contributors to actively engage with questions and ideas that other attendees post on their presentation.


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20/1/2020- CFP: “Petrocultures 2020: transformations”

What, when & where

Norwegian Petroleum Museum, Stavanger, Norway.

In petrocultures2020 we will host presentations, exhibits and conversations regarding the transformations needed to influence the transition from our current culture and dependency on oil. Looming over these discussions we recognize the wealth and progress enabled by our exploitation and use of oil. We acknowledge the technical and structural solutions developed and renewable transitions initiated by parts of the petroleum industry. We also observe the linkages that exist between the burning of fossil fuels, human induced climate change and differing levels of socio-environmental conflict. We thus emphasize oil’s dual role as the basis of prosperity and implication in environmental destruction and global conflict. Accepting this we aim to create a forum for a constructive exchange about the way green transition initiatives are narrated – including the way oil is narrated in the past, present and future – across social and political divides. It is also of interest to investigate how the petroleum industry can/will be a part of this transition, and what consequences the transition will have for the workers presently depending on the industry. Worker participation in the industry has historically and may well also in the future be a central aspect to reduce the inherent conflicts of a transition.

Under the banners of 5 thematic sections, petrocultures2020 seeks to advance conversations about the multiple dimensions of oil. We do so, recognizing that oil is not only as a source of energetic power, but of political, economic and social power. It is in this light we question oil’s significance and remaining power in an era of impending transformation.

oil:narratives. From fairy tales to curses, from celebratory tales of pioneers to dismal accounts of victims, oil has inspired contrasting narratives around the world. These encompass origins, belonging, identity, progress and development, for oil has been rendered in ways that matter to not only oil companies and governments, but to most people on the planet. It has helped found our world and continues to modulate it, establishing not only the present of the people of the world, but also their past and future. This section invites scholars to engage with oil as a catalyst for narratives that have framed nations, corporations, groups and individuals. We seek contributions that grapple with the forms that narratives take around oil, that ponder how they shape history and the ways in which they shape imaginaries of post-petroleum worlds.

oil:nature. Oil has served as the main catalyst for the 20th century’s economic growth and exploitation of natural resources. Oil has re-defined our relationship to and understanding of the nature-culture divide. Extractive frontiers have continuously expanded, inspiring the recent scientific proposal that we are now living in a new geological epoch in which humans have left an indelible impact on the planet i.e. the Anthropocene. In this section we invite papers and presentations that seek to explore this symbolic proposal and the possibility of it signalling the need for a profound change in human-nature relations. We wish to encourage thought and discussion of its impacts on personal identity, and ramifications for how we address pollution, social justice, public health and rights to land, water streams and seascapes.
oil:conflict. Numerous historical and contemporary events – from the Chaco War to recent Saudi bombings in Yemen – remind us that oil has been and remains a catalyst of conflicts. International wars, civil war, criminal violence and varying forms of socio-environmental contestation are linked to control of oil production, indicating oil’s influence across scales and temporalities. We invite scholars to reopen and reframe taken-for-granted assumptions about the resource curse, and to consider anew the significance of oil in geopolitics, economic development and alliances over extractive energy sources. We provide a space for scholars who work on violent contexts and aim to attract analysts who focus on the dynamics of militancy and alternative forms of socio-political and legal action to question oil governance. While inviting papers that reveal the inner workings of large-scale conflicts, we also anticipate papers that unpack how social movements and community campaigns oppose, benefit and tame oil production and exploration – frequently in the face of repressive prosecution and potential assassination.

oil:work. While scholarship on the petroleum industry is vast, research on oil workers and their communities is rather limited. Yet, oil workers are intrinsic to an understanding of oil cultures as well as the politics of oil. Their history is as old and tortuous as the history of commodified oil, hence this section invites papers that analyse the embedding of labour histories of oil in wider global histories of labour. On the one hand, oil workers are relatively few and difficult to organise, considering the economic and technological intensity of the petroleum industry and the physical infrastructure, on the other, oil workers and their organisations have played important roles in democratic transitions and economic struggles. Papers on all kinds of cultural and political expression of oil, work and workers are welcome, as are those that tackle how oil workers constitute themselves as groups and in trade unions, how their work schedules influence their social lives, and how their trade interacts with their situated social status. We open for discussions and exploration on the role of workers in the petroleum industries in a green transition.

oil:visions invites all papers that plumb visions of the cultural and historical transformations wrought by the oil industry, and interrogate transformations away from oil based societies. These visions can be artistic, critical or otherwise creative, and can refer to the past, present, or future, including solarpunk and post-apocalyptic visions of desirable futures. We welcome contributions that explore how literature, film, the visual arts, and other narrative and aesthetic forms of expression render visible phenomena around oil and the many transformations that exist in ontological kinship with it. Papers will draw out how the arts visualize, channel and evoke concerns and enthusiasm about justice, progress, technology, ecology, prosperity, scarcity, abundance and capital in an age of transformation. Ingrained and reflected here is the vital question of how visions of oil – past, present and future – shape the politics of transformation in the present.

Deadline & how to apply

Individual Papers: Please submit a 400 word (max) abstract that identifies the themes your paper responds to along with a 200 word (max) bio by 20 January 2020.

Pre-Formed Panels, Workshops, or Roundtables: Please submit a two page panel description that identifies the themes the panel responds to as well as the institution, research group, or network organizing the panel, workshop, or roundtable by 15 December 2019. Panels must also include 250 word abstracts and brief bios for the individual papers that comprise the panel.

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All submissions and inquiries can be sent to the organizers’ email: petrocultures2020@gmail.com.

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10/1/2020 – CFP: “World Weary: Cultures of Exhaustion”

What, when & where

World Weary: Cultures of Exhaustion

21-22 May 2020, University of York, UK

Keynote Speakers:
Claire Colebrook, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English, Penn State University, USA
Daisy Hildyard, author of The Second Body (2018)

How does contemporary culture make sense of weary worlds? Exhaustion can be used to describe both the depletion of planetary resources and a structural waning of social and economic equity. Similarly, the burden of exhaustion is increasingly justified by an ideology of resilience and ‘mindful’ ethical consumerism, even as its effects are carried disproportionately across populations. When it comes to conceptualising sequestration, burnout and extinction, what do these terms tell us about the limitations of the imaginary of exhaustion itself and how are they extrapolated through visual, literary or theoretical modes? This interdisciplinary conference welcomes papers from all disciplines and cross-genre work in the humanities, sciences and at the convergence of art and activism. We are interested in responses to the varied representations of exhaustion, particularly with regard to instrumental and coalitional axes that discern the shape and feel of exhaustion in contemporary life.

Deadline & how to apply

Please send a 250-word proposal and short biography to the conference organisers. The deadline for proposals is 10 January 2020. More information is available at worldweary2020.co.uk

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Conference organisers:

Gabriella Beckhurst – gabriella.beckhurst.19@ucl.ac.uk

Francesca Curtis – fc710@york.ac.uk

Cecilia Tricker-Walsh – ctricker-walsh1@sheffield.ac.uk


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