On January 28th, 2021, Robert Vitalis gave a talk on Racism’s Raw Materials. He discussed how racism shapes debates on the geopolitics of oil, drawing on his new book Oilcraft: The Myths of Scarcity and Security that Haunt U.S. Energy Policy.
Robert Vitalis is Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania and former director of the university’s Middle East Center. He is the award-winning author of several books on the intersection of race and international politics, including White World Order, Black Power Politics (2016), and Oilcraft: The Myths of Scarcity and Security that Haunt U.S. Energy Policy (2020)–a book that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Greg Grandin has called “indispensable to understanding the current moment, showing that moving beyond fossil fuels is more akin to quitting a sect than breaking an addiction.” Professor Vitalis’ current research focuses on the rise of the militant right in strategic studies in the United States.
Please find below a recording of the event: