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Omolade Adunbi, Enclaves of Exception: Special Economic Zones and Extractive Practices in Nigeria

Date:15 February 2023
On 8 February 2023, Professor Omolade Adunbi (University of Michigan) discussed his book ‘Enclaves of Exception’ (Indiana University Press, 2022) during a Q&A. The book reveals the connections between artisanal refineries in the Niger Delta and the social death of the environment prompted by decades of oil drilling.

Elizabeth Miller, Extraction Ecologies and the Literature of the Long Exhaustion

Date:27 January 2023
Elizabeth Miller discussed her book Extraction Ecologies, showing how literary narrative serves to make sense of resource extraction. Studying 19th century British literature on mining holds surprising insights for addressing the climate crisis today.

Lesley Green, Rock I Water I Life: Ecology and Humanities for a Decolonial South Africa

Date:21 December 2022
On 17 November 2022, the AFREXTRACT team had a thought-provoking Q&A session with Professor Lesley Green, director of Environmental Humanities South at the University of Cape Town. We spoke about her recent book Rock I Water I Life: Ecology and Humanities for a Decolonial South Africa (Duke University Press, 2020).

David Pratten, Art and Oil in Port Harcourt

Date:21 December 2022
On 8 December 2022, the AFREXTRACT team held a seminar and Q&A with Professor David Pratten, Head of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford, on ‘Art and Oil in Port Harcourt’.