Conference: Fossil Fuels and Radical Sovereignties: Boardrooms, Blockades, and Jurisdictional Struggles over Oil and Gas Development in ‘North America’

Energy Conference

This event brings scholars and activists working on the rescaling of governance over hydrocarbon projects and Indigenous struggles for authority in Canada and the US. Unconventional oil and gas projects and associated infrastructure have been among the most politically contested resource governance issues, with struggles among municipal, provincial and federal authorities, as well as between Indigenous communities and settler-state authorities. Drawing upon critical legal scholarship, workshop participants will examine how settler colonial frameworks delimit or elide recognition of Indigenous jurisdiction, and conversely how assertions of Indigenous jurisdiction may challenge, modify, and counter settler colonial practices of governance.


Berman, Tzeporah, British Columbia Provincial Climate Leadership Team,Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies, York University, and Co-founder of Forest Ethics 

Pipelines, Politics, Polarization and Pathways to Decarbonization

Bosworth, Kai, PhD student, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota

Keystone XL, Climate Populism, and the Politics of Public Participation

Bowles, Paul, Professor of Economics, University of Northern British Columbia, Co-Director of the Western Regional Research Centre of the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network

Contesting 'Social Licence': Local Responses to Extractivism in Northern British Columbia

Christie, Gordon, Associate Professor of Law, University of British Columbia, Director, Indigenous Legal Studies Program, University of British Columbia (tbc)

Pipelines, Aboriginal Law and Indigenous Authority

Eckhouse, Gabe, PhD graduate student, Department of Geography, UC Berkeley

The Political Economy of Unconventional Oil in North America: Capital, Rent, and Political and Corporate Decision-Making Process

Estes, Nick, PhD student in American Studies, University of New Mexico

Mni Wiconi: The Politics of Water and the Keystone XL Pipeline in Lakota Country

Laboucan-Massimo, Melina, MA Student in Indigenous Governance, University of Victoria, Member of the Lubicon Cree First Nation, Climate Energy Campaigner with Greenpeace Canada (tbc)

Indigenous Governance and Renewable Energy Systems as a Way Out of Resource Extraction Dependency

Le Billon, Philippe, Professor, University of British Columbia and Canadian Studies Fulbright Research Chair, UC Berkeley (co-organizer)

McCarthy, James, Professor of Geography, Clark University

Municipalities and Micropolitics in the Marcellus Shale

McCreary, Tyler, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Geography, University of British Columbia (co-organizer)

Rival Jurisdictions: Unraveling the competing Indigenous and settler claims to authority in pipeline governance

McGregor, Deborah, Professor of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

The State of Traditional Ecological Knowledge research and utilization in Canada

Mills, Jennifer, PhD Graduate Student, York University, Faculty of Environmental Studies 

Pasternak, Shiri, SSHRC Post-Doctoral fellow, York University, Member of the Indigenous Sovereignty and Solidarity Network

Jurisdiction and Paramountcy: Spatializing Resource Wars within Constitutional Divisions of Power

Preston, Jen, PhD Graduate student, York University, Graduate Programme in Social and Political Thought

Naturalizing the White Settler State: Resource Extraction and Indigenous Sovereignty in the Athabasca Region

Scott, Dayna, Associate Professor of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, York University, Director of the National Network on Environments and Women's Health

Consent & Contract: Contemporary Modes of Securing Jurisdiction over Indigenous Lands

Janna Promislow, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University

Jerome Turner, Journalist, Black Press

Cost: Free

Registration: Register via Eventbrite.

This event is free and open to the public, however registration via Eventbrite is requested as space is limited, and also to ensure all attendees receive a nametag and a lunch. 


Presented by: 

UC Berkeley Canadian Studies Program
UC Berkeley Center for Law, Energy & the Environment
UC Berkeley Center for the Study of Law & Society
UC Berkeley Native American Studies Program
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council



Event Name: 
Fossil Fuels And Radical Sovereignties: Boardrooms, Blockades, And Jurisdictional Struggles Over Oil And Gas Development In ‘North America’
Philippe Le Billon
Warren Room, Berkeley Law (295 Boalt Hall)
Thursday, January 28, 2016 to Friday, January 29, 2016
3:30 PM
3:30 PM
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