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Extraction: Multiple Frontiers of Power and Resistance, June 3-4, Graduate Conference

Extraction - Graduate Conference
Friday, June 3, 2022, 9:00 am – Saturday, June 4, 2022, 6:30 pm




We are pleased to present our 2022 Central European University Sociology and Social Anthropology graduate conference this year in Vienna. We are honored to host our two keynote speakers Professor Sandro Mezzadra, and Professor Kaushik Sunder Rajan, and exciting presentations from the participants who broadly study themes of extraction, power, and resistance. 



One of the most significant aspects of late capitalism is the constant proliferation of new frontiers that are getting subjected to extractive processes. Our graduate conference centers on the analytical aspects of extraction. We aim to explore the processes in which extraction becomes the foundation of global capitalism and how it blunders into dangerous, destructive forces. Extraction as a concept brings diverse frontiers together and opens the ways to inquire how contemporary forms of power and resistance have been enacted.  


From fracking to plasma donation, financialized rental housing to big data analytics, processes of extraction are intimately related to pushing the frontiers of capital and valorizations of what is not yet commodified. Corporations, local governments, states, and the public are the usual and visible actors in furthering, managing or blocking extraction. However, this process also involves the very materials that are being subjects of extraction. Minerals, cells and tissues, apartments, data, forests, affect, and many other actants are imbricated in this process. Most importantly, extraction is often embedded with colonial, biopolitical, racial, and gendered geographies of late capitalism.  


It is not a process passively endured, but it often generates resistance and dissent. Social movements arise against land and water grabbing which are intimately intertwined with climate and indigenous activism. Data extraction triggers concerns over privacy and data protection, as well as the erosion of the public sphere. These are just a few examples of the various forms of resistance springing up around the increasingly diverse modes of extraction.  



June 3, 2022 - Day One 

8:30-9:00 Registration

9.00-10.00 Keynote: Sandro Mezzadra 

11.00-12.30 Panel 1: Mining, Labor, Finance.  

12.30-14.30 Lunch break 

14.30-16.00 Panel 2: Extraction Through Conservation. 

17.00-18.30 Panel 3: (In)visible Extraction: Narratives, Imaginaries, and Knowledge 


June 4, 2022 - Day Two 

9.00-10.00 Keynote: Kaushik Sunder Rajan 

11.00-12.30 Panel 4: Extracting the Urban.  

12.30-14.30 Lunch break 

14.30-16.00 Panel 5: Extraction and Management of the Population. 

17.00-18.30 Panel 6: Statecraft 


DAY ONE - Friday, 3 June 2022 


9.00-10.00 KEYNOTE: Sandro Mezzadra (University of Bologna) 



Organizer: Professor Johanna Markkula 

Vasiliki Makrygianni (AUTH) and Konstantinos Petrakos (NTUA), Routes of Extractivism: Accumulation Processes and Resistance Practices in the Case of ‘SkouriesGold and Copper Mining Site in Northern Chalkidiki, Greece. 

Gustav Kalm (Columbia University), Capitalizing on Competing Property Titles in the Simandou Iron Ore Reserves in Guinea: Investor-state Arbitration vs Host-stranger Relations. 

Andrea Tollardo (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca), Moving Ground. 


12.30-14.30 Lunch break 



Organizer: Professor Jean-Louis Fabiani  

Alexander Dunlap (University of Oslo) and Mariana Riquito (University of Amsterdam), Enforcing ‘Green’ Extractivism: Social Warfare and the Making of the Critical Raw Material Frontier in Portugal. 

Sonali Yadav (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Conservation Geographies of Extraction in 21st Century 

Tilde Siglev (Central European University), Entangled Rationales of Extraction of Conservation: Reclassifying the Red Drum 


Organizer: Professor Alex Kowalski 

Susanna Gartler (University of Vienna), Moose and Minerals: Narratives and (Un)Extraction in the Yukon. 

Federico Giovannini (University of Bologna), Moral Extractivism 

Hannah Tubman (University of Edinburgh), A ‘New’ Frontier: Mining Afterlives and Futures in Kabwe, Zambia


DAY TWO - Saturday, 4 June 2022 

9.00-10.00 Keynote: Kaushik Sunder Rajan (University of Chicago)  


Organizer: Professor Claudio Sopranzetti  

 Tariq Rahman (University of California Irvine), On the Frontier of Capitalism and Islam: Extracting Land in Lahore’s Real Estate Market 

William Jamieson (Think Deep Royal Holloway), Extracting the Granular Frontier: Planetary Urbanization and the Global Sand Crisis 

Klara Nagy (Central European University), Body and Mind: Body Extraction as a New Frontier in the Food Delivery Sector in Hungary 


12.30-14.30 Lunch break 



Organizer: Professor Prem Kumar Rajaram 

Ines Silva, (Goldsmiths, University of London), Still/Steal the Plantation: Odemira and the Colonial Violence of Globalisation. 

Ahmed Jemaa (Central European University), Border Regimes in Practice: Extraction, Externalization and Uneven Mobilities 

Michael Kebede (Independent Scholar), Abolition Communism: the Spirit of Resistance to the Merchants who Manufacture, Surveil, and Sell our Souls 


17.00-18.30 STATECRAFT 

Organizer: Professor Daniel Monterescu  

Elisabed Gedevanishvili (University of Oxford), Designing a Legitimate Dam: Resisting Georgia’s Namakhvani HPP 

Saumya Pandey (University of Ghent, Belgium and Chr. Michelsen Institute, Norway), Licit sand economy: the science of extraction in the Himalayan rivers 

Ariel Bernstein (University of Bologna), Afforestation, Zionism and the Transformation of Palestine.

For those who cannot participate in person, the conference will be live online as well:

Meeting ID: 969 1278 3943
Passcode: 232983