CfP: ‚Global Resource Conflicts‘

Call for Papers: Global Resource Conflicts. Political Economy and Transnational Governance in the 20th Century. International Workshop – Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Date: 26 – 28 May 2011
Deadline: 01 October 2010


Call for Papers: Global Resource Conflicts. Political Economy and Transnational Governance in the 20th Century. International Workshop – Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Date: 26 – 28 May 2011
Deadline: 01 October 2010

This workshop sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation focuses on the transnational history of (non-renewable) natural resources throughout the 20th century. They welcome papers addressing the economic, political and cultural dimensions of resource conflicts and their regulation in the modern world. While the workshop has no specific regional focus, they are particularly interested in papers addressing non-European areas or problems on a global scale. This may include historical case studies on local resource conflicts with a specific transnational dimension.

Themes:
1. The emergence and transformation of transnational resource markets
2. The role of natural resources for colonial relations and decolonization processes
3. Debates on the scarcity and finiteness of natural resources
4. The role of multi-national corporations in local conflicts
5. The significance of resources for ethnic conflict, civil wars and international wars
6. Corruption
7. Strategies of non-governmental regulation
8. Conflicts over and attempts to regulate access to natural resources (pipelines, supply agreements etc.)

Accomodation, meals and travel (economy fare only) will be paid for by the workshop. Overseas participants may request an additional night of accommodation, depending on their travel plans.

Contact: Julia Laura Rischbieter, Lehrstuhl für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin , Unter den Linden 6 10099 Berlin, eMail: rischbieter[at]geschichte.hu-berlin.de