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Call for Chapters: The Politics of New African Resource Discoveries (NA)

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Categories: Postcolonial, Digital Humanities, Graduate Conference, Comparative, Women's Studies, Anthropology/Sociology, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, African & African Diasporas, Mediterranean, Middle East, Science, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2023-08-31 to 2023-09-30 Abstract Due: 2023-05-31
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I'm seeking chapters for an edited book entitled "The Politics of New Resource Discoveries in the "Post-Resource Curse" Era". This compendium of writings is intended to shed light on how African states are responding to new resource discoveries in an era where the effects brought upon by the “resource curse” are widely understood. My wish is to incorporate chapters written on various African countries to establish a volume on how African governments are addressing the resource curse in light of new resource discoveries. Decades after the resource curse phenomenon first garnered analytic attention, new oil, mineral and natural gas discoveries have continued alongside citizens’ improved access to information about the development and distribution of these resources. Has this increase in knowledge-access altered the incentive structure for leaders in resource-rich states? Will new natural resource discoveries hold greater economic promise for poverty alleviation for citizens in the coming decades than ever before? Or does the global political economy continue to place constraints on resource development in low-income countries? This panel examines debates and case studies on the political economy and geopolitical implications of jackpot non-renewable resource discoveries, and the pitfalls and promises these resources place on developing countries’ politics in the “post-resource curse” era.”

I am currently seeking chapters for African countries EXCLUDING Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Uganda and Cameroon. 

This book will fill a void in the literature on the resource curse which until now has been more focused on the effects and of natural resources on political and economic development, and the role institutions play in addressing the resource curse. This volume will look specifically to whether these effects can be mitigated in light of the knowledge that has been generated about this phenomenon particularly in African countries.

If you are interested in contributing a chapter in this venture, please submit an abstract of 300 words should be submitted to the editor by email to agapa@csuchico.edu  preferably by May  1.Abstracts should feature the working title of the proposed chapter, the author or authors responsible for it, together with the details of the corresponding author.  Abstracts should focus on one African country that has discovered new non renewable natural resources in the past 15 years.


Angela Gapa