On this episode Juliet and Erik speak with Dr. Julie Klinger about her research that smartly connects the seemingly disparate topics of geological surveying, Chinese domestic environmental and social movements, international infrastructure investments and China-Africa space cooperation. It's a fascinating discussion that you certainly don't want to miss!
Our interview is based on:
1) Julie's amazing book, Rare Earth Frontiers
2) "Environment, development, and security politics in the production of Belt and Road spaces" and
3) "China, Africa, and the Rest: recent trends in space science, technology, and satellite development."
Julie Klinger is an Assistant Professor in the University of Delaware’s Department of Geography & Spatial Sciences. She is associate director of the Minerals, Materials, and Society Program at U Delaware and co-facilitates the Embodiment Lab.
Here are this week's recommendations!
1) Hunger Games film, 2012 (significance of the three-finger salute)
2) Timothy McLaughlin's Atlantic articles discussing Myanmar
1) Pekingology podcast, CSIS
2) Punisher, Phoebe Bridgers (especially the song aptly named Chinese Satellite), 2020
1) Alie Ward's Ologies Podcast
2) The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey Into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, 2021
3) Intimate Geopolitics: Love, Territory, and the Future on India's Northern Threshold, Sara Smith, 2020
~Special thanks to Maggie Gaus, who joined the Belt and Road Pod team in Dec 2020 and edited this episode~