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.