Public Lecture – Thursday, 26 June 2014 – Professor Michael Watts, University of California, Berkeley

Speaker/Host:  Professor Michael Watts, University of California, Berkeley
Venue:  Law Link Theatre, Fellows Lane, ANU College of Law, ANU
Date:  Thursday, 26 June 2014
Time:  5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
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A Tale of two gulfs: The social space of the frontier
Professor Michael Watts draws upon events from two very different parts of the world – the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the the Gulf of Mexico and the rise of an insurgency in the Nigerian oilfields in the Gulf of Guinea. He will use these examples to explore the ways in which frontiers become not just sites of contestation but also particular sorts of social spaces in which their dynamics reside in the materiality and specificity of the resource itself as much as in the wider regime of accumulation. Using in particular the work of Henri Lefebvre, he will focus on comparative oil frontiers as a way of exploring frontiers in general and resource frontiers in particular