The formation and contestation of resource environments have provided prominent moments of crisis. The workshop explores how modes of human-environment engagement, the practices and affects of use, interference and alteration they involve, are imagined and rearticulated in such contexts.
This workshop seeks to develop an anthropological perspective on people's engagements with a range of different natural resource environments, including extraction and exploitation, management and entitlement, waste and conservation, expectation and violence. We aim to move across different scales, from the smallest entities (human bodies, animals, plants, etc.), to distinct practices of use and interference, to large organisations and global projects. Together they constitute natural resource environments - such as forests, deltas, rivers, or mines - as terrains of governance, protection, and contestation. This involves processes of naming, framing, and translating between different knowledges, and intense battles between residents, experts, and transnational institution, each enacting these environments in distinctive ways. The participants in this workshop draw on the tools of ethnography, political ecology, STS, and history, whilst trying to understand how, as anthropologists, we can account for the formation of natural resources as a key site of contemporary cultural struggle.
The paradox of environmental protection: denaturalizing the Scandinavian wolf through enhancement practices
Things that matter: resource curse, production-sharing agreements, and the spectacle of FDI in post-Soviet Kazakhstan
After neoliberalism? Environmental justice and the politics of natural resource management in Rafael Correa's Ecuador
Protected areas, sacred groves: renegotiating forest resources around the Comoé-Léraba reserve (Burkina Faso)