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Turning oil into stone: Oil legacies in the narratives of urban continuity and change in Baku, Azerbaijan

Description du projet

Une nouvelle perspective d’une des villes pétrolières les plus anciennes du monde

Les villes peuvent s’agrandir pendant de nombreuses années, à mesure que la société se développe. Toutefois, la découverte de ressources naturelles telles que le pétrole peut conduire à un développement urbain rapide. Lorsque l’envolée des ressources prend fin, ce type de villes amorce généralement son déclin. Cela n’a pas été le cas de la ville pétrolière de Baku en Azerbaïdjan. Première ville en son genre au monde et plus importante cité pétrolière, Baku a perpétué sa dépendance au pétrole durant les 150 dernières années. Cependant, l’héritage de la ville reste méconnu. Le projet BAKOIL, financé par l’UE, utilisera des analyses ethnographiques et textuelles pour examiner l’histoire officielle et officieuse de la continuité urbaine de la ville sur la base de la production de pétrole. Il se focalisera également sur la manière dont l’identité urbaine basée sur le pétrole affecte l’imagination d’un avenir post-pétrole.

Objectif

This research project will explore the construction of ‘oil city’ narratives in Baku, Azerbaijan. Baku is one of the earliest and historically most significant oil cities in the world. Despite this important legacy, there has been little scholarly attention to the ideological and cultural meanings of oil in different urban milieus. Addressing this gap in scholarship, this study aims to deepen scholarly understanding of the constitution of oil urbanism and its implications for post-oil future. The development of many cities that are linked to oil production is dependent upon the economic cycles of boom and busts of the industry. Typically, oil cities rapidly grow during a boom, and decline during a bust. Few cities are able to reinvent themselves after a bust, either by diversifying their economies or assuming the role of a technological hub for the industry. Baku is unusual among the world's oil cities, as it neither declined nor reinvented itself, but has perpetuated its dependence on oil for the last 150 years and continued to strengthen its identity as ‘the oil city’.
Using a combination of ethnography and textual analysis, this study aims to provide a detailed ethnographic analysis of how Baku’s oil city identity has been constructed and reproduced in official and unofficial discourses by variously positioned professionals involved in memory-making, either directly (museum workers and urban heritage activists) or indirectly (oil industry professionals; city planners; tour guides). The main research objectives are: 1) to examine the official and unofficial narratives of urban continuity based on oil production in their socio-cultural context 2) to explore the practices of collective remembering and forgetting in constructing the narratives of Baku as a historical center of oil production and 3) to explore how an urban identity based on oil affects the imagination of a post-oil future among these groups.

Coordinateur

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 224 933,76
Adresse
NORTH STREET 66 COLLEGE GATE
KY16 9AJ St Andrews
Royaume-Uni

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Région
Scotland Eastern Scotland Clackmannanshire and Fife
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Liens
Coût total
€ 224 933,76