The Cultures of Resource Extraction: Past, Present, and Future

A Global Initiative on Academic Network (GIAN) Course hosted by The Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad

August 22-26 2022

Venue: Online Synchronous

The intent of this course is to develop a through-going analysis of the culture and politics of planetary resource extraction.

Though resource extraction has been a central, organizing dynamic of the human experience, only recently have scholars begun to bring into focus the significance of extraction as a fundamental mechanism through which power is exerted and disparities of wealth and opportunity generated.

With an emphasis on Canada and India—two (post)colonial spaces with distinct if intertwined histories of extraction—this course will provide participants with the conceptual tools to re-imagine and re-narrate the social and cultural experiences of colonialism, postcolonialism, globalization, and neoliberalism through the lens of extraction.


Imre Szeman

Imre Szeman is University Research Chair of Environmental Communication at the University of Waterloo and co-founder of the Petrocultures Research Group, which explores the socio-cultural dimensions of energy use and its implications for energy transition and climate change.

Aalok Khandekar

Aalok Khandekar is Assistant Professor of Anthropology/ Sociology at the Department of Liberal Arts at Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad and Editor-in-Chief of Engaging Science, Technology, and Society (ESTS), the open access journal of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S).

Swaralipi Nandi

Swaralipi Nandi is Assistant Professor of English at Loyola Academy, Hyderabad. She is the co-editor of Spectacles of Blood: A Study of Masculinity and Violence in Postcolonial Films and Oil Fictions: World Literature and Our Contemporary Petrosphere.


Day 1: Introducing Resources

Lecture 1: What is Resource Extraction?
Lecture 2: Cultures of Extraction


Day 2: Colonialism and the Resources

Lecture 3: Extraction in the Indian Empire
Lecture 4: Extraction in the New World


Day 3: The Globalization of Extraction

Lecture 5: Experiencing Extraction
Lecture 6: Extraction Zones Around the World


Day 4: The End(s) of Extraction

Lecture 7: Imagining Resource Crisis
Lecture 8: After Extraction?


Day 5: Assessment Day: Imagining the Future



  • Engage participants in a thorough-going analysis of the culture and politics surrounding resource extraction, including key concepts and theories.
  • Provide participants with an opportunity to consider the implications of resource extraction on the distinct (if intertwined) histories of Canada and India.
  • Enable participants to actively shape and expand their own research projects in relation to the information received over the course of study.
  • Give participants added capacity to explore ideas, objects and/or events in a sustained, substantive, sophisticated, and insightful manner through tutorials designed to produce active and engaged involvement in course materials.

Registration Information

Venue: Online Synchronous

This course is intended for M.A. and Ph.D. students, as well as early career researchers.
The participation fee for joining this course is as follows:

IITH Student and FacultyFree
Students at Loyola AcademyFree
Students and Independent ScholarsINR 1,000
Individuals based in Non-Profit OrganizationsINR 2,000 + 18% GST = INR 2,360
Individuals based in for-profit organizationsINR 5,000 + 18% GST = INR 5,900
Other ParticipantsINR 2000
Academic InstitutionsINR 10,000
Private InstitutionsINR 30,000
Participants Outside IndiaINR 10,000 + 18% GST = INR 11,800

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