Background and activities

 

 

Sabbatical year 2022-2023: Visiting Senior Fellow, Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

 

Arthur Mason is a political anthropologist who specialises in the study of adverse impacts of climate change for land and marine ecosystems, and local ways of life; energy security and ecological vulnerability; and aesthetics and futurity. He conducts fieldwork in the Global North, working with consultants, U.S. political leaders, energy lobbyists, and community representatives across the Arctic. 

He is currently working on a book manuscript titled Energy Image: Hydrocarbon Aesthetics of Progress and Form which draws on affective imagery to convey ideas on the formation of energy planning associated with the modern integrated hydrocarbon energy system and its contradictions. Energy Image questions whether imagery, particularly drawn from futuristic imagination, can be understood as a type of conceptual consolidation of energy systems rather than a means to simply illustrate them.

His recently completed edited volume titled Arctic Abstractive Industry: Assembling the Valuable and Vulnerable North (Berghahn 2022) brings together diverse engagements with natural resource extraction and ecological vulnerability in the contemporary Arctic. Contributors to this volume apprehend Arctic resource regimes through the concept of abstraction, which focuses on conceptual resources that conceal processes of exploitation associated with extractive industries.

 

Expertise Details

Energy Politics; The Anthropocene; Event Ethnography; Cultures of Expertise; Arctic Late Industrialism

 

 

Select awards:

2021 – 2023 Peder-Sather Center for Advanced Study, UC Berkeley

2020 – 2023 U.S. National Science FoundationUC Berkeley

2019 – 2020 Peder-Sather Center for Advanced Study, NADO Trondheim

2017 – 2018 Peder-Sather Center for Advanced Study, NADO Berkeley

2017 – 2018 DAAD Programme, Freie Universität Berlin

2016 – 2017 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship

2015 – 2018 Fulbright U.S. Scholar - Russia, St. Petersburg State University

2014 – 2018 U.S. National Science Foundation, Rice University

2013 – 2014 Ciriacy-Wantrup Fellow, UC Berkeley

2012 – 2013 Fulbright U.S. Scholar - Norway, University of Tromsø

2012 – 2013 Wenner-Gren Hunt Postdoctoral Fellow

2011 – 2013 U.S. National Science Foundation, UC Berkeley

2010 – 2011 U.S. National Science Foundation, Arizona State University

2010 – 2011 U.S. National Science Foundation, Arizona State University

2006 – 2007 Fulbright U.S. Scholar - Canada, University of Calgary

 

 

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

Books

Part of book/report

  • Mason, Arthur. (2022) Arctic Late Industrialism: Extracting Value through Abstraction. Arctic Abstractive Industry: Assembling the Valuable and Vulnerable North.
  • Mason, Arthur. (2022) From Northern Lights to Fluorescent Lights. Arctic Abstractive Industry: Assembling the Valuable and Vulnerable North.
  • Mason, Arthur. (2022) Representation Without Resemblance: Graphical Expression in Hydrocarbon Industry. Arctic Abstractive Industry: Assembling the Valuable and Vulnerable North.
  • Mason, Arthur. (2018) Consulting Arctic Energy. The Routledge Handbook of the Polar Regions.
  • Mason, Arthur. (2016) Events Collectives: The Social Life of a Promise-Disappointment Cycle. Subterranean Estates: Life Worlds of Oil and Gas.
  • Mason, Arthur; Watts, Michael; Appel, Hannah. (2016) Oil Talk. Subterranean Estates: Life Worlds of Oil and Gas.
  • Mason, Arthur. (2015) Growth Imperative: Intermediaries, Discourse Frameworks, and the Arctic. Diplomacy on Ice: Energy and the Environment in the Arctic and Antarctic.
  • Mason, Arthur. (2013) Cartel Consciousness and Horizontal Integration in Energy Industry. Cultures of Energy: Power, Practices, Technologies.
  • Mason, Arthur. (2010) Whither the Historicities of Alutiiq Heritage Work are Drifting. Indigenous Cosmopolitans: Transnational and Transcultural Indigeneity in the Twenty-first Century.
  • Mason, Arthur. (2004) Arctic Natural Gas: Reserves and Production. The Encyclopedia of the Arctic.

Report/dissertation

  • Mason, Arthur. (2004) Modernity and Decay of Alaska's Natural Gas Pipeline. 2004.
  • Mason, Arthur. (1996) In a Strange Turn of Events: How Alutiiq Cultural Pride became a Commodity. 1996.