The Politics of Resources and their Temporalities

Short Seminar

October 26–28, 2005

The relationship between resources and temporalities was examined during this three-day seminar. Participants explored the process by which substances, knowledge, and people come to be defined and understood as resources in particular historical contexts. Each paper explored a distinct resource, which ranged from oil, minerals, and flowers to history, people, and time. In addition to discussions concerning what the term “resource” meansand the implications of defining something as a resourcethe distinction between non-renewable and renewable resources as well as the temporal implications of that distinction were examined. Participants also explored the ways in which the state and nation are constituted by and through resource-making.

Elizabeth Ferry, Chair Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Brandeis University Paths of Glory: Mines, Collections and Their Temporalities
Mandana Limbert, Chair Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Queens College, City University of New York Oil, Depletion and Time in Arabia
Paul Eiss Associate Professor, Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University In the Name of ‘El Pueblo’: Possessions, Politics and History in Yucatn
Richard Handler Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia The Temporal and Spatial Politics of Student ‘Diversity’ at an American University
Celia Lowe Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington Being Species and Species-Being: State, National, and Scientific Time in Indonesians’ Biodiversity Conservation
Erik Mueggler Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan The Earth/Archive: George Forrests Rhododendron Paradise and the Vast Mountain of Shilo
Paul Nadasdy Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology and American Indian Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison Bureaucratic Time and the Administration of Wildlife Management in the Yukon
Karen Strassler Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Queens College Material Resources of the Historical Imagination: Documents and the Future of the Past in Post-Suharto Indonesia

Sponsored by The Annenberg Foundation

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