Book launch seminar: Resource Extraction and Contentious States: Mining and the Politics of Scale in the Pacific Islands

Book launch seminar: Resource Extraction and Contentious States: Mining and the Politics of Scale in the Pacific Islands

Event details

SSGM Book Launch

Date & time

Tuesday 17 July 2018
4pm–5pm

Venue

Hedley Bull Theatre 2, Hedley Bull Centre (130), Garran Road, ANU
ANU Canberra

Speaker

Professor Mathew Allen

Contacts

Hannah McMahon

Addressing the strong association in Melanesia between extractive resource industries and a spectrum of violence ranging from interpersonal to collective forms, this book questions whether islands are particularly potent spaces for the contentious politics that attend enclave economies. In doing so, the book brings the island studies literature into a closer conversation with political and economic geography, and offers a real-world policy edge, as the sustained and growing dominance of extractive industries, in concert with the highly contentious politics that they engender, places them at the centre of efforts to understand political reordering and the on-going negotiation of political settlements of various types throughout post-colonial Melanesia. It considers how extractive resource industries can shape processes of state formation, shedding new light on Melanesia’s resource curse. In this seminar, Matthew will present on the research reported in the book and there will be scope for questions and discussion.

The seminar will be followed by refreshments in the Hedley Bull Atrium.

Professor Matthew Allen is Director of Development Studies at The University of the South Pacific and Honorary Associate Professor at The Australian National University. From 2014 to 2017 he was an ARC DECRA Fellow.

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