09 Mar Saturday

Saturday, September 8


10:00 am – 10:30 am

Coffee (Le Grand Salon)


10:30 am – noon

Keynote #3 (Le Grand Salon):  Warren Cariou, CRC in Narrative, Community and Indigenous Cultures, University of Manitoba, “Tarhands:  A Messy Manifesto”

Introduction by Imre Szeman


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch (Le Grand Salon)


1:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Session 7

Panel 7a: Oil Sites 2: Niger Delta (Le Grand Salon):

Chair: Mbah Chris Ekene

• Philip Aghoghovwia, English, U of Stellenbosch“Violence as Rebellion and Commodity in the Nollywood Film, The Liquid Blackgold

• Senayon Olaoluwa (Osun State U, Nigeria), “It’s Not What You Think! Oil Exploration, Enviro-Justice and the Reconsideration of Niger Delta Militancy in Oil on Water

• Paul Ugor (U of Birmingham) and Ben Benebai (Niger Delta U), “Violent Petro-Cultures and Subversive Youth Cultures in the Gulf of Guinea & Niger Delta”

• Jennifer Wenzel (U Michigan), “Capturing the Imagination; or, How to Tell the Story of the Niger Delta”


Panel 7b: Rhetoric, Meaning, Governance 1 (3-04):

Chair: Andrew Pendakis

• Heather Graves (U of Alberta), “How Dirty Are Your Ethics? Rhetorical and Philosophical Positioning in the Discourse of Oil”

• Lianne Lefsrud (U of Alberta), “Who Killed the Golden Goose? Stakeholders’ Meaning Making for Alberta’s Oil Sands”

• Jon Gordon (U of Alberta),“Telling Stories About Bitumen: Rhetoric & Literature.”


2:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Coffee Break (Le Grand Salon)


3:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Session 8

Panel 8a: Cultural Histories of Petroleum (La Salle Historique):

Chair: David McDermott Hughes

• David McDermott Hughes (Rutgers U), “‘Paradise Without Labour’: How Oil Missed Its Utopian Moment”

• Daniel Worden (U of New Mexico), “Oil and Corporate Personhood: Form and Style in Ida Tarbell’s History

• Brian Beaton (U of Pittsburgh), “Extra-scientific Communication in 1970s Petroleum Geology.”


Panel 8b: Nation(oil)ism (Le Grand Salon):

Chair: Bob Johnson

• Julian Higuerey Núñez (OCAD), “Becoming Oils: Understanding Identity Shifts in Venezuela After Oil”

• Mbah Chris Ekene (Univeristy of Tromsø), “Entrepreneurs of War or Freedom Fighters? : Interpreting and Refining our Understanding of Militancy and Petroviolence in the Niger Delta of Nigeria”

• Bob Johnson (National U San Diego), “Oil, Trauma and the National Imaginary, US, circa 1951”


Workshop D: Writing the eye/I in Oil: Contemplating the Everyday Through Images (3-04)

• Janice R. Williamson, English and Film Studies, U of Alberta

This workshop explores creative process and image/text writing as knowledge production and pedagogy. Through a series of short exercises we will investigate contemplative pedagogy, the segmented essay, writing resistance, melancholia, and the archeology of the everyday. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on themes related to the conference and you’ll leave this workshop with new work in hand along with strategies to stimulate writing. 

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm:  Wine and Cheese Reception (Le Grand Salon)

With a public presentation by Travis Davies, Manager, Media and Issues, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)

“ Oil Sands – How it really shapes our communities, our culture and our country”

 Travis Davieswill discuss recent developments in the oil sands, with a focus on environmental and social performance and the effect of the oil sands on the Canadian economy and quality of life.  Questions and public discussion to follow presentation.