26 Nov “The Oil Road: Tracking Crude through Space & Culture” Mika Minio-Paluello October 17-18, 2013

Petrocultures and the CRC in Cultural Studies are excited to host Mika Minio-Paluello for two talks, Oct 17: “The Oil Road – Tracking Crude through Space & Culture,” and Oct 18: “Revolution, oil & climate change – Fossil fuels in North Africa and the Arab Uprisings.” Each takes place at 3:30 in HC-L3.

Minio-Paluello’s book The Oil Road is a captivating work of travelogue, journalism and theory (see more details below), and I enthusiastically recommend it to all of us voyagers down the Alberta oil road, where we get our fill of crude, but all too little black gold for our coffers.

Please join us for what promise to be stimulating discussions! Everyone is welcome, so share this invitation widely!

Based in Cairo, Mika Minio-Paluello is a sailor, beekeeper and campaigner for social movements resisting oil companies. He is the co-author, with James Marriott, of The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London (Verso, 2013). Both work for Platform, a London-based arts, human rights and environmental justice
organisation (www.platformlondon.org).

From Caspian drilling rigs and Caucasus mountain villages to Mediterranean fishing communities and European capitals, The Oil Road is a journey through the heart of our oil-obsessed society. Blending travel writing and investigative journalism, it charts a history of violent confrontation between geopolitics, profit and humanity.

Thursday, October 17 “The Oil Road – tracking crude through space & culture”

Friday, October 18 “Revolution, oil & climate change – Fossil fuels in North Africa and the Arab Uprisings”

Both talks take place in HC-L3 at 3:30pm.