The Uncertainty of Oil

Balancing through the Temporalities and Affects of Depletion in Gabonfuture, decline, uncertainty, natural resources, Gabon

  • Christine Fricke Institut für Ethnologie und Afrikastudien, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz
Keywords: future, decline, uncertainty, natural resources, Gabon

Abstract

This paper argues that uncertainty is intricately entwined with temporalities and aff ects. Taking the uncertain future of oil in Gabon as my ethnographic example, I trace fi ve versions with which people contemplate depletion: a scenario, a vision / plan, a calculation, a dream, and a desire. I show how these versions not only diff er in their prognosis, but also conjure up diverse histories, temporalities and aff ects that, ultimately, entail fairly distinct forms of uncertainty.

Author Biography

Christine Fricke, Institut für Ethnologie und Afrikastudien, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz

Christine Fricke is a lecturer at the Department of Anthropology and African Studies at Mainz University. She is currently completing her doctoral thesis on the temporal, affective and aesthetic entanglements and significations of oil in urban Gabon.

Published
2017-05-01
How to Cite
Fricke, Christine. 2017. “The Uncertainty of Oil: Balancing through the Temporalities and Affects of Depletion in Gabonfuture, Decline, Uncertainty, Natural Resources, Gabon”. TSANTSA – Journal of the Swiss Anthropological Association 22 (May):28-36. https://doi.org/10.36950/tsantsa.2017.22.7344.
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Special Issue