Blasting, cracking, terraforming, baking: this workshop seeks to probe new vocabularies in the geography of the geological sciences. Since the geological turn, geographers have been interested in the relationship between geology, science, and violence. It is now well understood that the geological sciences contributed to European colonialism, empire, and the fossil fuel revolution. Deep time, it has become clear, cannot be separated from modern geopolitics.
This workshop will bring together works-in-progress on geological violence. We will reflect on the ways that geology has been implicated in processes of territorial expansion, forced displacement, and ethno-nationalism. We will also consider how geology coevolved with explosive and projectile technologies, how concepts of the earth are bound to blasted territories and smothered mountain tops. Papers will examine global networks of cement manufacturing and how they forcibly displaced geological material while hardening unequal economic relationships between the global north and south.
Papers will be followed by a discussion.
Adam Bobbette, Lecturer, University of Glasgow.
Deborah Dixon, Professor, University of Glasgow.
David Edwards, PhD candidate, University of Glasgow.
Kim Förster, Lecturer in Architectural Studies, University of Manchester.
Iain Neill, Lecturer, University of Glasgow.
Zeynep Oğuz, Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Lausanne, Social and Cultural Anthropology Lab.
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