The Conflict Research Group of Ghent University is pleased to announce an international mining conference on 13-14 December in Ghent, Belgium. The aim of this two-day conference is to take stock of a selective number of trends and developments in current research on the political, economic and socio-cultural aspects of mining in the Global South, bringing together scholars from different fields in the social sciences and the humanities, including political science, development studies, anthropology and history. The approach we seek to promote and stimulate is a comparative and multidisciplinary one. Without wanting to downplay the value of paying attention to historical and cultural specificities, we want to invite participants in this conference to critically reflect on new and perhaps more fruitful ways to make theoretical sense of mining-related structures, processes and practices that seem to occur in different settings, contexts and historical epochs. While conference participants are obviously free to rely on their own disciplinary knowledge and to draw on their familiarity with a given area and/or era, we also want to offer them the opportunity to leave their comfort zone and to engage in scholarly debate with colleagues working on other continents and/or writing from different theoretical perspectives.
Those interested in presenting a paper at the conference are kindly asked to submit an abstract of 250-300 words to the organizer(s) of the panel in which they would like to participate. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is August 14th 2017. By September 11th 2017, all interested contributors will be notified whether or not their paper is accepted. Further details about the program and various practical issues will be sent to all participants by October 13th.
For general questions about the conference, please contact: Jeroen Cuvelier: firstname.lastname@example.org