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The Future Eaters: Petro-despotism, Empire, and the Resource Curse

September 26, 2011 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Portrait image of Rob Nixon wearing a white shirt and two earrings

Monday Seminar:

Rob Nixon

Senior Fellow (2009-2012)

Rachel Carson Professor of English, UW-Madison


Abdelrahman Munif, a Jordanian-born writer of Saudi-Iraqi parentage, gave imaginative definition to the resource wars—over oil, water, and time itself—that have afflicted the Persian Gulf. Against the backdrop of transnational hydrocarbon politics, the climate crisis, the resource curse, and the Arab uprisings, this talk will consider Munif’s prescient vision of socioenvironmental time.


Rob Nixon is the Rachel Carson Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and is the author of London Calling. V. S. Naipaul, Postcolonial Mandarin (Oxford); Homelands, Harlem and Hollywood. South African Culture and the World Beyond (Routledge); and Dreambirds: the Natural History of a Fantasy (Picador). His book Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor is forthcoming from Harvard University Press in spring 2011. Professor Nixon is a frequent contributor to the New York Times; his writing has also appeared in The New YorkerAtlantic MonthlyLondon Review of BooksTimes Literary SupplementVillage VoiceThe NationThe GuardianOutsideChronicle of Higher EducationThe IndependentCritical InquirySocial TextSlateSouth Atlantic QuarterlyTransitionCultural CritiqueContemporary LiteratureJournal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial StudiesArielModern Fiction StudiesNew FormationsBlack Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, and elsewhere.


September 26, 2011
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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University Club, Banquet Hall (lower level)
803 State Street
Madison, 53703 United States
tel:+(608) 262-5023