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Speaking from the Seam/Pit/Well/field: Anthropological and Geographical Approaches to Telling the Stories of Extraction

Convenors:
Stephanie Postar (University of California, Berkeley)
Negar Elodie Behzadi (King's College London )
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Climate Change
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Short abstract:

Anthropologists and geographers have worked for decades to share narratives about encounters with the extractives industry. This panel invites scholars to turn the lens inwards to examine and advance our (multi)disciplinary approaches to such story-telling in this time of climate crisis.

Long abstract:

Anthropologists and geographers have worked for decades to share narratives about the lived experiences of encounters with the extractives industry (including oil and gas, minerals, as well as logging and other types of resource extraction), highlighting different forms of exclusions and resistances that result from such encounters. This panel invites scholars to turn the lens inwards to examine and advance our (multi)disciplinary approaches to such story-telling in this time of climate crisis. In particular, this panel asks to what extent conversations - methodological and theoretical - between anthropological and geographical perspectives and ways of writing on resource extraction, can contribute to (re)theorise, make visible, as well as challenge and resist extractive violence and exclusions. What are anthropologists and geographers' responsibilities for finding new ways to chronicle extraction in the Anthropocene (Deborah Bird Rose, Juanita Sundberg) and how can disciplinary cross-fertilisation help us do so? To answer these questions, this panel invites contributions that open theoretical conversations on resource extraction and: 1) 'the non-human', indigenous knowledge and ontologies, and multispecies perspectives (Bakker, Sundberg, Nuttall, Tsing); 2) feminist post/decolonial approaches (Murrey, Behzadi); and 3) political ecologies of exclusion and resistance (Le Billon, Peluso), including through activism. This panel encourages interrogating researchers' role in challenging the extractive characteristics of research on resource extraction in geography and anthropology. We will discuss different disciplinary relationships with ethnography, as well as push the methodological boundaries of research on resource extraction by examining new 'earth writings' beyond texts through the use of visual, digital, performance and art-based approaches.

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