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Preliminary Work Program

The main work program will consist of four workshops and one conference:

  1. Aarhus University (September 2018): The kick off workshop will focus on the theme Perceptions and constructions of resources, resource crises and resource futures and addresses the intellectual and ideological underpinnings of resource perceptions, visions and policies. Key questions include which perceptions and imaginaries of natural resources and of resource scarcity, criticality and crisis existed in European societies and institutions, how they changed and which national and transnational actors and contexts contributed to its construction? A focus section will be dedicated to resources and resource interests in the Arctic.
  2. EHESS, Paris (November 2018): Workshop 2 will focus on the theme Patterns of development and environmental transformations in Europe’s extractive territories. It addresses extractive activities in Europe with particular attention to the interests of the people in and impacts on extractive territories. Key questions include how and under the influences of which actors did territories become providers of natural resources at the local, regional, national and European levels, how did modes of extraction shape the evolution of local environments and patterns of development and what was the contribution of European extractive territories to the development of Europe? This workshop will be co-funded by EHESS.
  3. University of Lisbon (June 2019): Workshop 3 will focus on the theme Globalized resource cycles and social and environmental transformation and addresses increasingly complex activities of resource exploitation on regional, national and global levels and its impacts in transnational perspective. Key questions include how and by which actors transnational resource cycles were formed and maintained, how stable they were, what local and global impacts they had, which dependencies they produced and to what extent they involved conflict and transnational cooperation. A particular focus will be on resources and resource interests in the global South.
  4. Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg (October 2019): Workshop 4 will focus on the theme Managing crisis: technologies, politics and transnational cooperation and address the question how European societies perceived, framed and responded to resource challenges and crises and pursued strategies of relief, how contexts such as technological, economic, legal and cultural conditions shaped responses to crisis and which differences in crisis management by large (Russia/Sowjet Union, Germany) and small states (Scandinavian countries, Portugal, Greece etc.) existed. A focus section will be dedicated to resources and resource interests in Eastern Europe and Asia.
  5. Final Conference at Aarhus University (June 2020): This conference will draw the themes and threads together, present and discuss results of the network in the light of concepts such as resource colonialism, resource diplo­macy, resource nationalism and resource transnationalism and make the work and results of the network visible.