State ownership is argued and reshaped not only through state-market relations but also in the ways the state defines its relationship to its citizens. The recent commodity price boom has led to the return of resource nationalism in South America, with significant institutional changes taking place in mine ownership and subsoil rights from private to public hands.
Jewellord (JoJo) Nem Singh presents state ownership in longue durée, examining the place of resource sovereignty in developmental projects in Latin America since the post-war years alongside examples from film and video documentaries. He also questions the role and prospects of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in resource-intensive economies as the commodity boom draws to a close and right-wing governments take power across the region, changing the future face of arts and the humanities.
Nem Singh’s presentation is followed by a panel discussion with anthropologist Rune Steenberg Reyhé.
Image: Komatsu haul truck, Chuquicamata Mine, Calama, Chile, by Diego Delso, 2016