Carbon Democracy and Revolution:

Perspectives from the Middle East and the Mediterranean

Public Lecture by Timothy Mitchell  -  13 February 2015, 18:00 to 19:30, Ken Wade Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre

Workshop - 14  February 2015, 08:30 to 18:00, Calman Learning Centre & St Mary's College

Social revolutions, civil war and crippling economic crises: what is going on in the Middle East and South Eastern Mediterranean? Are the revolutions and wars in Egypt, Syria or Libya connected to the economic crises in Greece, Italy or Cyprus? How do carbon resources and energy competition affect these tense social, economic and environmental inter-relations? What is the future of 'carbon democracy' and what are its geographic and political ramifications?

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Inspired by Timothy Mitchell's work Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil, this workshop will probe the relationship between energy, political power, history and ideology in the broad area of the Middle East and South-Eastern Mediterranean. Starting with a keynote lecture by Timothy Mitchell entitled 'Carbon Democracy and the Corporate Future,' the two-day workshop aims to combine exploration of regional case-studies with critical analyses of power relationships, resources and the frailty or persistence of democratic practices. Specifically, the workshop - consisting of paper presentation and discussion – will interrogate how discourses of democracy are constructed on the basis of conditions that inevitably undermine its emancipatory premises, producing and reproducing, instead, economic inequality, environmental crisis, and tacit acceptance of systemic violence.

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