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Panel Discussion: “Global Uprising: Dispossession, Extraction, Plunder”

November 17, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


Most agree that rampant inequalities, which even policymakers are admitting constitute a “new great divergence” not seen since the Industrial Revolution, are at the heart of protest movements everywhere.   If this has been only intensified by a global pandemic that might be taking us from recession into depression then the stakes seem only heavier.  But how far do we need to understand the uprising as not only movements against inequality, but as more systemic expressions of a refusal of modalities of accumulation? That is, as revolts against dispossession and extractivism? How far is the crisis of capital that underpins these uprisings also a crisis in the nexus between extraction and finance? How central is the question of land in these uprisings? How do we come to terms with the language of looting, theft, plunder that so neatly inverses the subject of dispossession?  How far do we need a colonial or settler-colonial historical account of accumulation and inequality to come to terms with the present? How have apparatuses like policing itself in many places become tools of primitive accumulation?


Join the Kevorkian Center with panelists: Brenna Bhandar (SOAS), Julia Elyachar (Princeton University), and Sherene Seikaly (UCSB), to think through these questions and discuss together issues of dispossession, extractivism, inequality, and plunder.


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Organized by the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University. Co-sponsored by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.


New York University


November 17, 2020
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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