Critical infrastructural resilience: Anticipatory geographies of settler colonialism and extractivism

Authors: Tia Dafnos*, University of New Brunswick
Topics: Political Geography, Indigenous Peoples, Energy
Keywords: critical infrastructure, resilience, settler colonialism, security, extractivism,energy, pacification
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM
Room: Bayside C, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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While the emergence of “critical infrastructure resilience” appears to be a new paradigm of risk governance in the realm of national security, the pre-emptive anticipatory logic of resilience has a longer genealogy as a feature of capitalist logics of accumulation, and of settler colonialism's 'anticipatory' and 'imaginative' geographies (Verancini, 2010). With a focus on the extractive energy sector in Canada, this paper examines how potential infrastructural projects are promoted as simultaneously an essential national security strategy and economic growth strategy. I consider the potential implications of this explicit entwining of economic-national security objectives, such as greater government-private sector collaboration, for reconfiguring settler colonial modes of governance in relation to Indigenous territories and assertions of jurisdiction.

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