Sovereignties & Dispossessions
(Formerly Cultivated Sovereignties/ Agricultural Sovereignties)
Organizer: Jerry Jacka
Saturday, February 11, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Lagoon Terrace
The aim of this session is to examine the tensions between sovereignty and dispossession in the contemporary Pacific. One of the fundamental aspects of contemporary neoliberal political economic processes is what David Harvey has called “accumulation by dispossession” and what Saskia Sassen has referred to as “exclusions.” Both of these frameworks extend Marx’s original concept of “so-called primitive accumulation” in which capitalism’s origins are traced to expropriating the
subsistence base (i.e., land) from agricultural producers. New understandings of accumulation and exclusion see these as on-going processes and also extend
dispossession to something more than just land and capitalist endeavor. In short, dispossession and sovereignty work at both material and immaterial levels. In this session, we examine a wide suite of dispossessions and the ways that sovereignties are
being contested across the Pacific. Participants are asked to circulate papers two weeks prior to the ASAO meetings. Participants will be given a short period to outline their main concepts/case studies and then commentators will provide feedback. Participants for
2017 include Emily Donaldson, Jerry Jacka, David Lipset, Fiona McCormack, JC Salyer, Toon van Meijl, and Paige West.
If anyone is interested in participating, please contact the session organizer.
Jerry Jacka, University of Colorado–Boulder