I’ve been meaning to write some updates on my summer research project on international research collaboration in Mongolia — I expect to do that in the next week or two. For now, my attention is focused on preparing for two upcoming campus talks. I will also be presenting at the American Anthropological Association Meetings November 16-20 — more on that soon as well!
The first talk is at the University of Wyoming:
Shifting Scales of Belonging: Old and New Economic Intimacies of the 2016 Commodities Bust in Mongolia and Wyoming
October 28th, 4:10 PM, Room 150, Anthropology Building (12th and Lewis Street), University of Wyoming
This talk concerns aspects of the 2016 global commodities bust related to shifting forms of belonging that distinguish and relate producers and consumers in regions and nations that are heavily involved in both natural resource production and consumption, specifically in Mongolia and the United States. In both countries, producers have accepted and continued to reinforce this categorization even while being blamed for the bust by those defined as consumers. However, while doing so, they also often align themselves with various local, regional, national, and international communities of natural resource product producers, consumers, and producer-consumers. While much anthropological work on natural resource production has focused on the position of local communities, particular corporations, and networks of investors in the global economies orchestrated by others (for instance, international financial institutions and high level state-corporate partnerships), this paper explores how producers define their production as an act of belonging at multiple scales and how this belonging is realized and countered, even in a time of declining production and investment by those often understood by anthropologists to ultimately define political economies at all scales.
The second will be at University of California, Berkeley (Flyer here):
Edward W. Walker, Slavic and East European Studies, UC BerkeleyTuesday, November 29, 2016, 4:00 pmIEAS Conference Room, 180 Doe Library, UC Berkeley