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Subject:

AAG 2009 CFP: Geographies of Extraction, the State, and Development in Africa

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Tomas Frederiksen <[log in to unmask]>

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Tomas Frederiksen <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 12 Sep 2008 16:37:19 +0100

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Apologies for cross-posting.

AAG 2009, Call for Papers: Geographies of Extraction, the State, and  
Development in Africa.

Session Organizers: Rohit Negi, Ohio State University and Tomas  
Frederiksen, University of Manchester.

Recent analyses, and media interest in the rise of Asian investment  
flows around the world, have drawn attention to the role of extractive  
industries in shaping the political and physical landscapes of African  
countries (Bond 2006, Ferguson 2005, Watts 2004). More than any other  
sector, the space economy of African countries has been conditioned by  
shifting patterns and configurations of extractive industry-state  
relations.

This session seeks to explore these shifting geographies of resource  
extraction, the state and development in Africa in the light of recent  
developments in geographical theory around the themes of the political  
ecology of extractive industries (Peet and Watts 2004, Prudham 2005),  
their linkages with the broader political economy, in particular the  
neoliberalizing tendencies (Castree 2006, Mansfield 2007) of African  
states, and the relationships between state power/craft and resource  
extraction (McCarthy 2007, Coronil 1997, Watts 2004). While the themes  
of governance, regulation and extractive industry are clearly evident  
in this work, little of it seeks to understand the different phases of  
extractive industries in Africa, unpick the contradictory and mutually- 
constitutive relationship between extractive industries and African  
states or explore these shifts in light of their developmental  
implications. This session seeks to engage these developments in the  
context of resource extraction in Africa.

Papers for this session might therefore address (but are not  
restricted to) the following questions:
- What are the relationships between specific forms of governance/ 
governmentality and resource extraction in Africa?
- What are the geographies and spatialities of extraction being  
(re)configured today?
- In what ways is the current expansion comparable to or distinct from  
other historical moments in the development of extractive industries  
in Africa?
- What are the implications for development of specific state- 
extractive industry configurations?

Please send an abstract by 5th October, 2008 to [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask]



------
Tomas Frederiksen
Geography
School of Environment and Development
University of Manchester
Manchester
M13 9PL
United Kingdom
http://www.sed.manchester.ac.uk/geography/postgraduate/research/currentstudents/frederiksen_tomas.htm

Society and Environment Research Group, University of Manchester
http://www.sed.manchester.ac.uk/research/SERG.htm

Geographical Political Economy Research Group, University of Manchester
http://www.sed.manchester.ac.uk/geography/research/gpe/

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