What is a resource curse?: Energy, infrastructure, colonialism, and climate change in Native North America

2 December, 2019 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Andrew Curley, Department of Geography, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Vera Antsey Room, LSE, London

Resources define much of the indigenous experiences today. In and around ‘Indian country,’ energy infrastructures connect indigenous spaces to systems of local and global energy consumption, from coal, to natural gas, to oil. The politics of climate change and energy transition threaten to shift energy production into tribal communities in ways that are new and not always desired. The presentation will highlight some important features of this colonial landscape, from the federal laws that govern indigenous communities to the shifting pressures of changing energy consumption in the US. In the process, the presentation will hold the idea of ‘resources’ in tribal communities into account and leave us with a consideration of how climate change and energy transition factor into longstanding colonial-capitalist practices in North America.

This event is part of the Social Life of Climate Change Michaelmas Term Seminars

For further information on this event please contact k.paprocki@lse.ac.uk

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