Political ecology of crude oil and territorial identity. Seminar by Alessandro Tinti

As part of my course in Global Economic Systems at the University of Turin-ESOMAS, on the 30th of April dr. Alessandro Tinti (University of Rome “La Sapienza”) has given a compelling seminar titled “Crude Power. The political ecology of oil in the Kurdistan region of Iraq”. Below, a short description:

“Since the fall of the Ba’athist regime in Iraq, the autonomous Kurdistan Region has recast itself as a newly established energy frontier in order to support a historically contested self-determination. Resource nationalism is central in the Kurdish quest for international recognition. However, the rise of a de facto petro-state within the Iraqi federal framework has fuelled conflicts over identity, territory, and livelihood. Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted between 2017 and 2018, the seminar illustrates the mechanisms through which the extractive regime has profoundly changed Kurdish society in recent years.”

Alessandro Tinti’s thesis can be required at https://dta.santannapisa.it/t/etd-09032018-124257/

(photo in this page: oil spill the Kurdistan region of Iraq, by A. Tinti)

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