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When the Wolf Guards the Sheep: Green extractivism and confronting the industrial machine
21st March 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pmFree
As part of the Politics of Nature reading group, Dr Alexander Dunlap, co-hosted by the CGPE and STEPS centre, presents a seminar on the merits of an anarchist political ecology in assessing extractive projects and charting new directions in (re)imagining ecological, unruly and dignified futures.
Drawing on case studies of Europe’s largest opencast coal mine, the Hambach mine in Germany, and wind parks in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region (Istmo) of Oaxaca, Mexico, the seminar examines corporate/state strategies of greening resource extraction and repression. This seminar calls for scholars to challenge their statist and industrial subjectivities, while developing strategies to deal with corporate/state counter-mobilizations to undermine the current trajectory of ‘progress’. This means working to maximize ecological and social harmony, while aiming for total liberation against the imposition of market-based environmentalism, ‘green extraction’ and corporate-state projects of social control, ecocide and social death.