Hannah Appel

Grant Type

Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship

Institutional Affiliation

California, Los Angeles, U. of

Grant number

Gr. 9314

Approve Date

October 4, 2016

Project Title

Appel, Dr.Hannah Chadeayne, U. of California, Los Angeles, CA - To aid research and writing on 'Oil and the Licit Life of Capitalism in Equatorial Guinea' - Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship

HANNAH APPEL, University of California, Los Angeles, California, was awarded a Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship to aid research and writing on “Oil and the Licit Life of Capitalism in Equatorial Guinea.” The manuscript is both an account of a specific capitalist project U.S. oil companies working off the shores of Equatorial Guinea—and a sweeping theorization of more general forms and processes that facilitate diverse capitalist projects around the world. The grantee draws on extensive fieldwork with managers and rig workers, lawyers and bureaucrats, the expat wives of American oil executives and the Equatoguinean women who work in their homes to turn conventional critiques of capitalism on their head, arguing that market practices do not merely exacerbate inequality; they are made by it. People and places differentially valued by gender, race, and colonial histories are the terrain on which the rules of capitalist economy are built. The resulting work shows how the corporate form and the contract, offshore rigs and economic theory are the assemblages of liberalism and race, expertise and gender, technology and domesticity, that enable the licit life of capitalism—practices that are legally sanctioned, widely replicated, and ordinary, at the same time as they are messy, contested and arguably, indefensible.