“Carbon Democracy”: Energy and Democratic Politics

Distinguished speakers series
Thursday, Oct 4, 2012 – 7:00 PM
UVic, Bob Wright Centre, Room B150

Friday, October 5th 2:30 to 4:30 pm
UVic, Fraser Building, Room 152

Timothy Mitchell The Centre for Co-operative & Community-Based Economy welcomes Dr. Timothy Mitchell as our 2012 Distinguished Speaker.

Dr. Mitchell is a renowned scholar on political economy. His work has examined the creation of economic knowledge and the making of “the economy” and “the market” as objects of twentieth-century politics; the problems with explaining contemporary politics in terms of globalization or the development of capitalism. He recently published a very well received book, Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil (Verso, 2011). His visit is jointly sponsored with the Victoria Colloquium on Political, Social and Legal Theory

Prof Mitchell will be speaking on two occasions – on Thursday October 4 in a manner that addresses the principal themes of Carbon Democracy and on Friday October 5 on a draft paper that extends some of the arguments in Carbon Democracy, especially those that discuss the links between the development of economic thought and theories of political organization.  The talks are designed so that they are complementary.  Please attend both if you can.  In addition, for those who want to read and discuss his work in more detail, the Colloquium will also be holding a preseminar on his work on September 28.

Here, then, are the events associated with his visit:

1.       Pre-seminar, this coming Friday, September 28th in room 152 of the Fraser (law) building, from 12:30 to 2:00 pm.   The readings (two chapters from his book, Carbon Democracy) are available on the Victoria Colloquium website:

2.       CCCBE Distinguished Lecture, Thursday, October 4th in room B150 of the Bob Wright Centre, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm:  “Carbon Democracy”: Energy and Democratic Politics.

3.       Victoria Colloquium, Friday, October 5th in room 152 of the Fraser Building, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm: “Economentality: How the Future Entered Government