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Timing the Past and Doing 'Natural' History: Borderland Mineral Extraction and the Intersection of Legal, Shamanic, and Planetary Time 
Vikram Tamboli (National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian)
Rui Hua (Boston University)
Sheng Fei
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Panel Workshop
Deeper Histories, Diverse Sources, Different Narratives
Room 9
Thursday 22 August, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Helsinki
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Short Abstract:

This panel brings together work on questions about the entanglement of geological, legal, and indigenous time in cases of borderland resource extraction to rethink the links between and use of environmental, social, and legal history to address our current planetary crises.

Long Abstract:

This panel attempts to engage distinct geologies and the geographies of power in borderland regions across the globe, where natural resource extraction is often the most rapacious. Bringing together the approaches of social, legal, and environmental histories, this panel seeks to expand the temporality of our inquiry, bringing non-human events in deep time into conversation with the politics of the Anthropocene. Our panel explores how historians can integrate geological and ethnological sources and their spiritual and otherworldly implications to shape our narratives of the relatively recent past in geopolitically contentious spaces. We argue that borderlands are places where shifting temporalities are most acutely felt. Moreover, understanding borderlands not as peripheries but as places/spaces of pitched but limited state control and critical to the definition of contemporary global geopolitical boundaries, the panel suggests the struggles over time and resources can help us perceive better the stakes of current planetary social and environmental crises. The panel conveners will focus their discussion on Manchurian and Amazonian borderlands but invite reflections from case studies across the globe for panel presentations. Additionally, we expect the panel will lead to a more open roundtable/workshop format for discussion and critical engagement.

If the panel is accepted, at this point we will invite the public and private sector thinkers and NGOs, and representatives of cultural institutions to present/ reflect on the panel presentations as part of a broader collective discussion

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 22 August, 2024, -
Session 2 Thursday 22 August, 2024, -