Resources of Resistance: Production, Consumption, Transformation

The Biennial Postcolonial Studies Association (PSA) Postgraduate Conference

24-25 July 2014, University of York
Confirmed keynotes: Professor Jennifer Wenzel (University of Minnesota), Dr Sharae Deckard (UCD) & Dr Anthony Carrigan (Leeds)

Bringing together postgraduates, early career researchers, and keynote speakers from across the UK, the US and Europe, this two-day interdisciplinary conference addresses critical, topical, and increasingly urgent questions surrounding the concept and roles of resources within the postcolonial world and capitalist world-system. In particular, the conference seeks to probe the dialectical potential of resources by exploring the ways in which human and non-human resources might equally be seen as unexpected sources of resistance towards the uneven world-system of resource use and abuse, and resource-based asymmetry. As such, the event will appeal to a range of researchers interested in the idea of resources, not simply as product or commodity, or the materialisation of productive or unpaid labour, but as a tool that might be leveraged, utilised and deployed as a means of resistance against the unsustainable expansionary logic of the capitalist world-system.

Confirmed panel topics include:

  • Alternative aesthetics of/as resources of resistance
  • Non-human animals and conservation systems
  • Imagining consumption and the politics of food
  • Land, water, oil, and (non-)sustainability
  • Spaces of local resistance and control

To find more information and register for the conference, please visit or

Any questions or queries, please email the organisers: Hannah Boast, Rebekah Cumpsty, Nicola Robinson and Lucy Potter at:

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