Program in Agrarian Studies: “The Petro-Welfare State: Alaska’s Experiment in Fiscal and Ecological Sustainability”

Event time: 
Friday, April 12, 2024 - 11:00am
Room 101 See map
230 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06520
Event description: 

The Program in Agrarian Studies presents

Philip Wight, Assistant Professor of History and Northern Studies, University of Alaska, Fairbanks: 

“The Petro-Welfare State: Alaska’s Experiment in Fiscal and Ecological Sustainability”.

The core of the Agrarian Studies Program’s activities is a weekly colloquium organized around an annual theme. Invited specialists send papers in advance that are the focus of an organized discussion by the faculty and graduate students associated with the colloquium.

This topic embraces, inter alia, the study of mutual perceptions between countryside and city, and patterns of cultural and material exchange, extraction, migration, credit, legal systems, and political order that link them.

It also includes an understanding of how different societies conceive of the spatial order they exhibit. What terms are meaningful and how are they related?: e.g., frontier, wilderness, arable, countryside, city, town, agriculture, commerce, “hills,” lowlands, maritime districts, inland. How have these meanings changed historically and what symbolic and material weight do they bear?

Philip Wight is currently writing a book about the environmental history of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. He researches, teaches, and writes about Alaska history, Arctic & Northern Studies, energy history, and the importance of infrastructure.

Open to: 
General Public