The last four decades have witnessed intense and varied forms of extraction exemplified by ‘land grabbing’, and illicit trade in natural resources and minerals, such as diamonds, coltan and uranium from the Global South. These classic forms of extractions are frequently intensified by military conflict abetted by western business and political interests. Parallel to this, new systems of surveillance have emerged, deployed by powerful nations to assert and maintain global military, economic and political dominance. These conditions often produce new (or revamped old) economic, political and cultural imaginaries and practices resistant to entrenched and emergent forms of extraction, surveillance and subjection. This panel addresses critical and artistic responses to these phenomena.
Abu Hamdan, Lawrence
Lawrence Abu Hamdan is a ‘private ear’, an artist who investigates sound.
Fouad Makki is Director of the Polson Institute for Global Development (2019–present) and Associate Professor in the Department of Global Development at Cornell University. He is also a founding board member of Cornell’s Institute for Comparative Modernities.
Nidhi Mahajan is an Assistant Professor in Anthropology at the University of California in Santa Cruz and also the inaugural Fatima Mernissi Postdoctoral Fellow in Social and Cultural Studies at The Africa Institute in Sharjah.
Surafel Wondimu Abebe uses academia, performance and media as sites of cultural politics from which to interrogate representational practices.