New Anthropological Perspectives on Natural Resource Environments

What makes a substance into a 'resource'? Is 'resource-ness' inherent in specific things?

Do some substances lend themselves to being resources rather than others because of their specific properties?

Or is 'resourceness' always determined by society's appreciation and valuation of certain substances?

What kinds of agency can be attributed to resources in forming particular kinds of resource environments and in provoking particular kinds of actions?

What forms of knowledge and repertoires of meaning are invoked by the multiple actors engaging with resources on the move?

Colloquium, April 12-14, 2012

Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

This colloquium aims to develop a sophisticated anthropological approach to the question “How are natural resources implicated in social life?” Our goal is to synthesize a new “resource anthropology” in order to advance theory in anthropology and to enable anthropologists to engage more effectively in cross-disciplinary scholarly and public debates.

The event will consist of four sessions, a Keynote Lecture, and a graduate student workshop.

Visit the Keynote Lecture page to listen to the talk.


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Andrea Behrends

Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

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Edited Volume

An edited book will be published after the colloquium with contributors’ papers and a synthesis of the discussion and debates. More information to follow.