Mediating (Im)Materialities: Reflections on the Methods and Methodologies of Natural Resource Industries Fieldwork

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Roosevelt 6, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Organizers: Adrienne Johnson, Anna Zalik


Coming to terms with the ‘messiness’ of the realities of resource industry research and how scholars confront such challenges ethically, methodologically, and corporeally is a central concern for many researchers carrying out fieldwork. Our discussion is informed by embodiment in the field and how researchers negotiate the politics, risks, and accomplishments associated with their projects. Drawing on feminist, postcolonial, and historical materialist insights, panelists will reflect on their own fieldwork experiences and the corporeal and representational concerns of current scholarship on natural resource intensive industry while also highlighting the biophysical and impermanent characteristics of resources. In an effort to emphasize the global political economic connections and similarities surrounding the metabolism of nature in different forms, the panelists bring together work on ‘traditional’ resources thought of as extractive (for example, oil) along with non-traditional resources and their extractive dimensions, such as fishery, agricultural monocultures, water,and tourism.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Emily Billo Goucher College 15
Panelist Elizabeth Havice University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill 15
Panelist Adrienne Johnson University of San Francisco 15
Panelist Flora Lu UC Santa Cruz 20
Discussant Gabriela Valdivia University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill 15

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