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Dubai by night.


This week we remind ourselves that the politics of energy in the global south over the 20th century have been shaped by the extraction and circulation of oil. What are the legacies of oil in sub Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Middle East? And, how can we understand the social and material dimensions of oil economies?


Seminar Readings


1) Appel, H., Mason, A., & Watts, M. (Eds.). (2015). Introduction in Subterranean Estates: Life Worlds of Oil and Gas. Cornell University Press.

And at least one of the following from Subterranean Estates: Life Worlds of Oil and Gas.

2) Chapter 7. Crude Contamination: Law, Science, and Indeterminacy in Ecuador and Beyond, Suzanna Sawyer

3) Chapter 12. Offshore Work: Infrastructure and Hydrocarbon Capitalism in Equatorial Guinea, Hannah Appel

4) Chapter 17. Reserves, Secrecy, and the Science of Oil Prognostication in Southern Arabia, Mandana E. Limbert