Zones of Extractivism: capitalism, territorial fragmentation and the normalization of (soft) authoritarian rule

Oct12021

Time: 15:30–17:00

Addi­tion­al event info: Organ­ised by Jens Adam, Ulrike Flad­er and Frank Müller (Uni­ver­si­ty of Bremen)

In this pan­el, we would like to shed light on the inter­re­la­tions between extrac­tivism, ter­ri­to­r­i­al frag­men­ta­tion and (soft) author­i­tar­i­an rule. Based on ethno­graph­ic obser­va­tions and case stud­ies from Brazil, Hun­gary, Turkey and West­ern Europe we will dis­cuss the fol­low­ing ques­tions: Why and how do extrac­tive cap­i­tal­ism and new forms of author­i­tar­i­an rule coin­cide in the present moment? To which extent are zones of extrac­tivism enabled by the nor­mal­iza­tion of (soft) author­i­tar­i­an prac­tices, rhetoric and tech­nolo­gies of gov­er­nance? Is there a spe­cif­ic (soft) author­i­tar­i­an way to address and respond to process­es of frag­men­ta­tion evoked by neolib­er­al cap­i­tal­ism? And what can we learn about con­tem­po­rary forms of labour, dis­pos­ses­sion and cap­i­tal accu­mu­la­tion by focus­ing on these interrelations?

The pan­el is orga­nized as a fish­bowl for­mat. After intro­duc­to­ry state­ments by Erdem Evren (Berlin), Eliane Fer­nan­des (Ham­burg) and Kristóf Szom­bati (Budapest) and first com­ments by Andrea Müh­le­bach (Bre­men) the audi­ence is invit­ed to join in a live­ly and inter­ac­tive discussion.

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