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Extraction: Multiple Frontiers of Power and Resistance
June 3 at 8:00 am – June 4 at 5:00 pm Austria/Vienna
One of the most significant aspects of late capitalism is the constant proliferation of new frontiers that are getting subjected to extractive processes. This graduate conference centers on the analytical aspects of extraction. The organizers aim to explore the processes in which extraction becomes the foundation of global capitalism and how it blunders into dangerous, destructive forces. Extraction as a concept brings diverse frontiers together and opens the ways to inquire how contemporary forms of power and resistance have been enacted.
From fracking to plasma donation, financialized rental housing to big data analytics, processes of extraction are intimately related to pushing the frontiers of capital and valorizations of what is not yet commodified. Corporations, local governments, states, and the public are the usual and visible actors in furthering, managing or blocking extraction. However, this process also involves the very materials that are being subjects of extraction. Minerals, cells and tissues, apartments, data, forests, affect, and many other actants are imbricated in this process. Most importantly, extraction is often embedded with colonial, biopolitical, racial, and gendered geographies of late capitalism.
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