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Extractivism Annual International Conference 2022

The collaborative research project organizes its first International Annual Conference from the 12th to the 14th of October, 2022, in Kassel, Germany. The conference’s theme is

“Raw Materials, the Global South and Development in the 21st Century: mobilizing rents, grasping extractivist societies.”

This year’s conference aims to reconceptualize the theoretical relationship between extractivism and rents, stimulating deeper analyses concerning the particular and nuanced types of rent-led development trajectories. We want to explore how and in what ways societies specializing in extracting and exporting raw materials reproduce themselves primarily through the revenues obtained by selling them to the global market. We also seek to bring together ideas from different disciplinary fields in which rents and extractivism have major relevance, broadening the space for dialogue between Political Economy, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, International Relations, and Cultural Studies.

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The conference will be held in a hybrid format, and the meetings will occur at Golden Tulip Kassel.

Here you find an updated version of the program:

Welcome Session

  • Kai Ruffing (Dean of the Faculty of Social Science, University of Kassel): Extractivist Societies in Historical Perspective
  • Hans-Jürgen Burchardt (University of Kassel)/ Rachid Ouaissa (Philipps-University of Marburg)/ Hannes Warnecke-Berger (University of Kassel): Rent, Society, and the Dark Side of Sustainability

Panel 1: Raw Materials and Development: A Critical Discussion of Rent Theory

  • Eva Paus (Mount Holyoke College): International Political Economy of Rent and Extractivism
  • Hannes Warnecke-Berger (University of Kassel): Towards a Surplus Approach of Rent
  • Dirk Loehr (FH Trier): Land – The Hidden Redistribution Machine
  • Balihar Sanghera (University of Kent)/ Elmira Satybaldieva (University of Kent): Rentier Capitalism and its Countermovements: The Moral Economy Perspective

Keynote Lecture (Gießhaus der Universität Kassel)

  • James Mahon (Williams College): Are Extractivist Societies too Rich to Prosper?

Panel 2: Rent, Class, and Politics

  • Fatiha Talahite (CNRS/University of Paris Nanterre): Criticism of Rent Theories and the Coloniality of Extractivism: The case of Algeria
  • Markus Kröger (University of Helsinki, EXALT): Extractivist Rents, Development and the End of Cheap Commodities
  • Martin Beck (University of Kurdistan Hewlêr)/ Thomas Richter (GIGA Hamburg): State, Class, and Autonomy in Hydrocarbon Societies: A Revival
  • Juan Kornblihtt (Conicet / ICI-UNGS/ FFyL-UBA): Ground Rent Appropriation, Extractivism or Natural Capital Depletion? Quantitative evidence from South America following Marx’s critique of political economy

Panel 3: Rent and Agency

  • Richard Saunders (York University): Domestic Actors, Resource Nationalism Politics and the Redefining of Extractivism in Southern Africa
  • Jessie Moritz (Australian National University): Researching Citizen Activism: A Society-Centric Approach to Rents & Development
  • Rafael Dominguez (University of Cantabria): Rents, Extractivism, and Resource Nationalism in Colombia and Ecuador

Panel 4: Managing Rent

  • Amir Lebdioui (London School of Economics): The Political Economy of Managing Resource Rents for Economic Diversification: International Experiences
  • Sambit Bhattacharyya (University of Sussex): Oil Discovery, Boom-Bust Cycle, and Manufacturing Slowdown: Evidence from a Large Industry Level Dataset
  • Juan Pablo Jimenez (FLACSO Argentina): Tax Regimes and Natural Resource Rents

Panel 5: Conceptual Travails and Travelling Concepts: Rents in MENA

  • Mourad Ouchichi (Abderrahmane Mira de Bejaia, Algeria): Rentier Capitalism in Algeria
  • Sajjad Faraji Dizaji (Tarbiat Modares University, Iran): Oil Rents and Middle Class in Iran and the Maghreb
  • Moustapha Taleb Heidi (Centre de Recherches de l’Ouest Saharien, Nouakchott): Artisanal Mining and Extractivism in Mauretania

Panel 6: Conceptual Travails and Travelling Concepts: Rents in Latin America

  • Pedro Alarcón (Justus-Liebig-University Gießen): “Reloaded Extractivism”: Rent, the State, and the Energy Transition in Ecuador
  • Julieta Godfrid (Autonomous University of Chile): Corporate Social Responsibility and Mining Extractivism in Chile
  • Jochen Kemner (CALAS): Energy, Fossil Fuels, and Raw Material Regimes in Latin America in the Longue Durée


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