Conference Tracks

This track examines the politics, political economy, political ecology and world-ecologies of extractivisms, especially their wider dynamics. Topics could include, agroextractivisms, mining, forestry, hydrocarbons and other areas affected by the extractivist paradigm. Papers on broader dynamics, such as climate change-related crises and state-corporate-civil society interactions are welcome.

Track Chairs: Markus Kröger and Anja Nygren

In this thematic track, we call for presentations that analyze and examine Indigenous peoples’ struggles and sovereignty, the interplay of coloniality and modernity, intersectionality, language and linguistics, and post-extractivist social movements. Contributions that examine these themes from any region of the world are encouraged. Papers that address resistance and autonomy in relation to capitalist modernity are welcome.

Track Chairs: Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen, Eija Ranta, Paola Minoia and Maija Lassila

In this thematic track, we call for presentations that further the understanding of tensions and contradictions in urbanism that are central to a post extractivist agenda. Urban centers have increasingly become nodes for consumption, processing, and extraction. Papers that contribute to (re)theorizing urban development as part of development, underdevelopment, and alternative development are strongly encouraged. Analyses that deconstruct modernist fossil and nuclear-based urbanism from a theoretical, empirical, and methodological viewpoint are invited.

Track Chairs: Franklin Obeng-Odoom and Özlem Celik

This track examines the expansion of extractivism beyond traditional natural resources. This includes, but is not limited to, data extractivism, other digital extractivisms (such as cryptocurrencies), financial extractivism, and intellectual/ontological extractivisms. Papers that analyze data colonialism, extractive systems of datafication, financialization, extractivist structures of world production, emerging alternative monies, or that focus on other resources beyond natural resources are encouraged.

Track Chair: Christopher Chagnon

Abstract submission for track 4 is open until May 31st, 2021. 

In this thematic track, we call for presentations that analyze and examine the diverse practices that shape the transformations needed to build alternative futures in a post-extractive world.  Despite the centrality that the very act of organizing has for the envisioned transformations, the key organizational dimensions and processes that drive such transformations have to date received little attention in the debate on how to transition to post-extractive alternative lifeforms. We welcome contributions exploring the organization of work, skills, spaces and everyday life practices leading to deep transformations needed to build alternative worlds. We are also interested in papers on organizational processes that involve the interplay among human and nonhuman co-constructing life on a livable planet, and the theoretical, ontological and methodological challenges when studying such alternative organizations.

Track Chair: Barry Gills


If you have a topic on extractivisms and alternatives that you feel does not fit any of the named thematic tracks above, we welcome your submission under this open theme track.

Track Chairs: Sophia Hagolani-Albov and Janne Salovaara