Possible topics include but are not limited to:
-Legal, discursive and other mechanisms through which states exercise claims over non-terrestrial spaces, such as the ocean floor, the atmosphere, and outer space
-Relationships between geographies of finance, empire, scientific knowledge production, and environment
-Tensions between global commons—their production, destruction, defense, and expansion—and claims to national sovereignty
-Strategies for survival & emancipation, or expulsion & accumulation in the context of ongoing climate catastrophe
Amidst the proliferation of nationalist discourses making simplistic claims about state sovereignty, in practice, state spatiality is increasingly trans-national, subterranean, aquatic, non-contiguous and/or extraterrestrial. Building on our previous work on financialization and frontiers, in this session we refocus our gaze on the state to engage its violent and virulent resurgence as an imperial actor in contemporary times. We are particularly interested in the flexible institutional forms through which states, in collusion with “non-state” entities, broadly defined, produce state territorialities within and beyond official political borders.
The aim of this session is to decenter Westphalian notions of the relationship between states and contiguous terrestrial territories, while keeping the state, in its multiple forms, at the center of our analyses. Our motivation is to identify specific institutional mechanisms through which national territories and state power are produced and contested. By focusing on territoriality, we foreground practices of material expansion, land use change, and state building. We envision this, however, in an open way that includes not only explicit physical expansion, but also how institutional, legal, financial and discursive practices underwrite claims to resources of all kinds.
|Presenter||Julie Michelle Klinger*, University of Delaware, On the subterranean and the orbital as sites of struggle||15||3:05 PM|
|Presenter||Joel Correia*, University of Florida, Frontier political ecologies: Overlapping territorialities, state formation, and resource governance through dialectics of presence/absence||15||3:20 PM|
|Presenter||Juliet Lu*, University of California - Berkeley, Predation or Paternalism? Yunnan State Farms’ territorial strategies in Laos||15||3:35 PM|
|Presenter||Matthew Libassi*, University of California - Berkeley, Subterranean Territories: Authority and Contestation on an Indonesian Gold Mining Concession||15||3:50 PM|
|Presenter||Brian Klein*, University of California - Berkeley, Formalization as Territorialization?: Fragmented Authority, Contested Institutions, and Discursive (re)Alignments on Madagascar’s Gold Frontier||15||4:05 PM|
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