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Gisa Weszkalnys | Engaging Resources
New Anthropological Perspectives on Natural Resource Environments

Gisa Weszkalnys

Lecturer in Anthropology
Department of Sociology and Philosophy
University of Exeter

Gisa Weszkalnys is a lecturer in social anthropology at the University of Exeter. Her current research is entitled “Hope and Oil: An Ethnography of Speculation and Absence” and concerns specifically the emergence of new oil economies in the Gulf of Guinea. Her fieldwork in São Tomé and Príncipe between 2007 and 2009 was funded by the British Academy and the Oxford University John Fell Research Fund. She is also working with Tanya Richardson to develop an anthropological approach to the comparative study of resource environments, linking the benefits of the ethnographic perspective with insight from posthumanist theory regarding the distributed nature of materiality.

Gisa has a broad range of research interests, which combine innovative work on issues that, to date, have received little focused treatment in anthropology, with a strong commitment to ethnographic fieldwork. She has worked at anthropology’s intersection with the rest of the social sciences, in particular, human geography, political ecology, and science and technology studies. Specifically, her research has explored notions of planning and temporal practices and the ways that expert knowledge articulates with existing historical, politico-economic, and socio-cultural contexts in Europe, the U.S. and lusophone Africa, and she is the author of Berlin, Alexanderplatz: Transforming Place in a Unified Germany (Berghahn, 2010).

Selected Publications

2011Weszkalnys, G. (2011) “Cursed Resources, or Articulations of Economic Theory in the Gulf of Guinea,” in Economy and Society 40(3): 345-372.
2011Abram, S. and G. Weszkalnys (2011) “Anthropologies of Planning: Temporality, Imagination, and Ethnography,” Focaal 61: 3-18.
2011Abram S. and G. Weszkalnys (eds) (2011) “Elusive Promises: Planning in the Contemporary World,” (Theme Issue) Focaal 61.
2010Weszkalnys, G. (2010) Berlin, Alexanderplatz: Transforming Place in a Unified Germany, Berghahn Books.
2010Weszkalnys, G. (2010) “Re-conceiving the Resource Curse and the Role of Anthropology,” in Suomen Antropologi (Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Association) 35(1): 87-90.
2009Weszkalnys, G. (2009) “Príncipe Eclipsed: Commemorating the Confirmation of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity,” Anthropology Today 25(5): 8-12.
2009Weszkalnys, G. (2009) “The Curse of Oil in the Gulf of Guinea: A View from São Tomé and Príncipe,” African Affairs 108(433): 679-689.
2008Weszkalnys, G. (2008) “A Robust Square: Youth Work, Planning and the Making of Public Space in Contemporary Berlin,” City and Society, 20(2): 251-274.
2008Weszkalnys, G. (2008) “Hope and Oil: Expectations in São Tomé e Príncipe,” Review of African Political Economy, 35(3): 473-482.
2008Barry, A., G. Born and G. Weszkalnys (2008) “Logics of Interdisciplinarity”, Economy and Society 37(1): 20-49.