RGS-IBG Annual Conference, London, 29th August – 1st September 2017
Resource Temporalities: Anticipations, Retentions and Afterlives
Session Convenors: Dr Kärg Kama (Oxford, Geography) & Dr Gisa Weszkalnys (LSE, Anthropology)
Deadline: 5th February 2017
Recent work in resource geography and anthropology has demonstrated the need to move beyond issues of resource control and distribution toward a critical examination of how resources are made (Bridge 2013, Kama 2013, Li 2014, Richardson and Weszkalnys 2014). A focus on resource-making draws attention to the distributed quality of resources as always in-becoming, rather than biophysically or geophysically given, substances. It also reveals their indeterminate and often speculative nature as the outcome of a variety of techno-scientific, governmental, entrepreneurial, and financial practices (e.g. Majury 2014, Valdivia 2015, Weszkalnys 2015, Zalik 2015). Inherent to this process of resource-making are important temporal aspects, which have remained remarkably underexplored. In this session, we take the existing literature as a springboard to ask new questions about the multiple temporalities generated by processes of resource-making ranging from anticipations of resource matters, to their diverse retentions, to other temporal and material states once processed or unmade as a resource.
Resource-making rarely follows a linear trajectory. Its projected successes are often no more than a grasping for self-fulfilling prophecies, and its achievements are partly bound to the legacies of past and present resource production through types of path-dependency and lock-ins. Current examples of resource-making projects highlight their incremental yet spatio-temporally contingent nature, including the mortgaging of hydrocarbon futures by emerging producer states, a practice recently called into question by falling oil prices; the constitution of “reclaimed” landscapes in the context of mine decommissioning and closure; the production of overinflated resource estimates in the quest for “unconventional” fossil fuels and novel extractive spaces (e.g. ocean seabeds); as well as the specific modes of financialisation now encountered at resource frontiers, which produce various absences and presences across the domains of science and market. Important questions are also raised by the parallel life of extractive waste products and by projects of resource-making that have been blocked or indefinitely postponed due to scientific, political, or economic factors.
We invite papers that explore the diverse engagements with time that underpin these and other resource-making endeavours, drawing on a range of methods and trans-disciplinary analytical approaches. Contributions may address (but are not limited to) the following themes:
For more information on the conference, please see the following link: http://www.rgs.org/WhatsOn/ConferencesAndSeminars/Annual+International+Conference/Annual+international+conference.htm
Troubling Time: An Exploration of Temporality in the Arts
University of Manchester
Friday, 2nd June 2017.
This conference aims to consider time and the multifaceted ways it manifests in and structures the arts - in film, performance, television, theatre, video games, music, dance, live broadcast, and visual art, to name just a few. At first glance, the arts appear to be unavoidably time-bound, largely dependent on our understandings of chronological time and space. However, the arts are also capable of finding ways for different types of temporalities to irrupt, to disrupt, to resist, and to bubble beyond the surface.
Troubling Time is an interdisciplinary conference that aims to bring together postgraduate students, early career researchers and established academics to explore the issues of time and temporality in the arts.
The organisers of this interdisciplinary conference warmly invite proposals for 20 minute presentations/provocations/performances/creative approaches to time in the arts. We actively encourage contributions that engage practically with their duration, with the aim of fostering methodological diversity.
Topics include but are not limited to:
• Issue of time and medium specificity
• Modalities and methodologies of research into time and the arts
• Homogenous/heterogeneous time
• Time and space
• Haunting or possession by the past
• Approaches to the archive and time
• Re-enactment and re-embodiment
• Documenting the present
• Futurity or lack thereof
• Ageing - growing up and growing old
• Indexicality and the arts
• Linear and non-linear time
• Time as politics
Please send your abstract (250 words), its title, and a short biography (100 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 3rd March 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of March. At the moment, the organisers are envisioning a one-day event but there is the possibility of extending it to two days if the level of response requires it.
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