Classics Building, Room 110

1010 E. 59th St

United States

Displaced: Land Grabs and the Politics of Biofuels
Thursday, January 9
5:30 pm
Classics Building
Room 110
1010 E. 59th Street
Biofuels–ethanols and diesels made from the likes of corn, soy, sugarcane, palm oil and switchgrass–increasingly define a significant part of the world’s agricultural as well as energy landscape.

In this panel discussion, anthropologists and a sociologists examine the often ugly politics of land associated with the global rise of biofuel production. Drawing on research from Southeast Asia and Brazil, the panelists document and analyze how land grabs to form biofuel plantations have adversely affected local communities. Please join us for this important conversation on the cost of biofuels beyond the gas pump.

The panel discussion features Tania Murray Li (University of Toronto), Paul Gellert (University of Tennessee) and LaShandra Sullivan (Reed College). The discussion will be moderated by Phillip Drake, CIS Lecturer in Environmental Studies at the University of Chicago.

This event is presented by the Center for International Studies,  the Program on the Global Environment and the Environment, Agriculture and Food Working Group as part of “Global Energies: A Public Inquiry into the Ecology, Science and Politics of Energy in the 21st Century.”

The event is free and open to the public. Those with a disability who feel they may need assistance should email


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