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CfP Workshop Resources, Infrastructures and the Anthropocene: Dialogues between the Global-North and the Global-South

Call for Papers
Workshop Resources, Infrastructures and the Anthropocene: Dialogues between
the Global-North and the Global-South
Caparica Campus, Faculdade de Cincias e Tecnologia da Universidade NOVA de
Lisboa, Portugal
18 - 20 September 2019

We welcome proposals for participation in the workshop Resources,
Infrastructures and the Anthropocene: Dialogues between the Global-North and
the Global-South, which will take place at Caparica Campus, Faculdade de
Cincias e Tecnologia da Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal, between
September 18 and 20, 2019.
Global resources and resource infrastructure play a significant role in modern
societies; through a variety of ambivalent historical processes, they have
come to entangleand (re)produce tensions between and withincountries in the
Global South and the Global North. In recent years discourses on geopolitical
and domestic competition for natural resources have further intensified. So
have associated concerns on resource security and circularity, socioecological
vulnerabilities and inequalities, and a host of other issues. How could and
should we (re)think and (re)write our global histories of resources and
resource infrastructure in the age of the Anthropocene?
The workshop explores this question for two related topics:

Resource Spaces in the Global South: Engineering Landscapes and
Mindscapes;

Globally Entangled Resource Chains and Socioecological Change:
Sustainability and Global Justice in the Anthropocene.
In particular, we aim to mobilise research approaches and historical cases
that help scrutinize/problematize these issues from Global South and
South-North entanglement perspectives. The workshop will be based on a variety
of empirical case studies, intellectual viewpoints, methodologies and
literatures, and will focus on questions such as the following:

Which assumptions, knowledges, and methodologies are used in the
analysis of relations between the so called Global North and Global South
regarding natural resources, infrastructures, and their environmental, social,
economic and political implications? Which assumptions are shared, and which
are not, when approaching our case studies? Do we have different notions and
narratives about important keywords such as progress, development,
nature, human agency, sustainability, resource scarcity and
security?

Which methodologies, research directions and questions are
innovative, relevant and needed in current and future projects on the workshop
topics? How can we encourage and help initiate and facilitate future research
in these directions and questions? Which opportunities can we develop to
increase productive cooperation of scholars in the Global South and Global
North in research on global resources, infrastructures and their
environmental, social and economic impacts?



Workshop setup
The workshop will be designed to maximize dialogue and discussion and not
consist of traditional presentations by all participants. Position papers by
invited scholars coming from Africa, Asia, Europe and South America and
focused short pitches by the other participants will serve to spark
discussions in different work formats.
Participants are expected to engage in the discussion of the main topics
either by bringing intellectual view points and/or presenting empirical
examples. The size of the workshop is limited to approximately 30 people, in
order to allow for the exchange of ideas and the development of concrete
future directions of research and collaborations.
Upon acceptance, all participants will receive further instructions and be
asked to provide short preparatory texts of about 2 pages before the end of
August.

Travel and accommodation arrangements
Travel and accommodation costs will be fully funded. Further information will
be given upon acceptance.

How to apply
Please send a motivation letter (max. 1 page) on your interest in the topics
of the workshop and how it relates to your research and a short bio note (1
page) to luisacoelhosousa@fct.unl.pt
before June, 7, 2019, with the subject Application to Lisbon resources
workshop. Applicants will be informed by June 20 of the result.

Organisation
The agenda and framing of the workshop reflect the three supporting research
projects agendas:
- "Anthropolands - Engineering the Anthropocene: The role of colonial Science,
Technology and Medicine on changing of the African
landscape", coordinated by Maria Paula Diogo. The goal of this project is to
contribute to the international debate and scholarship on the theme of the
Anthropocene from the perspective of the History of Science, Technology and
Medicine, focusing on the case of the former Portuguese colonial African
empire.
- EurReS - Challenging Europe: Technology, Environment and the Quest for
Resource
Security, coordinated by
Matthias Heymann and GREASE - Global Resources and Sustainability of European
Modernization,
1820-2020, coordinated by Erik van der Vleuten. The goal of these two
projects is to develop international networks for historical research on
societal challenges related to natural resources, including contested issues
such as global sustainability entanglements, security regimes, socioecological
inequalities, governance, and so on.

These projects collaborate, and are embedded in, the explorative research
program "Technologies, Environment and
Resources" of the Tensions of Europe research network.


We thank you for your attention to this call.
Best regards,
The organising team
Maria Paula Diogo, CIUHCT, FCT, NOVA University of Lisbon
M. Lusa Sousa, CIUHCT, FCT, NOVA University of Lisbon
Matthias Heymann, Aarhus University
Erik van der Vleuten, Eindhoven University of Technology
Frank Veraart, Eindhoven University of Technology

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