Mining mobility: the movement of people and expertise in the context of extractive projects [Anthropology of Mining Network]

Nikkie Wiegink (Utrecht University)
Robert Pijpers (University of Hamburg)
Start time:
16 August, 2018 at 9:00
Session slots:

Short abstract:

This panel invites papers that address the mobility and connectivity of knowledge, expertise, policies, technology and people in the context of resource extraction.

Long abstract:

In the last decade, there has been an increased anthropological interest in the social, political, economic, and environmental dynamics of extractive projects. Whilst these dynamics are often observed in the immediate surroundings of mining sites, there is wide acknowledgement that extractive industries are connected by dynamics that play out at different scales and in different sites. Correspondingly, anthropologists have started exploring the global connections and intersections between, for example, local lifeworlds, global corporations, national and international policy frameworks, social and environmental activism and market fluctuations, thereby often adopting multi-scalar analysis. These developments make way for the discussion of new methodologies and conceptualizations to address the complex spatial and temporal connections of the extractive industries. This panel builds upon these recent developments and aims to bring together studies on the mobility and connectivity of knowledge, expertise, technology and people in the context of resource extraction (artisanal and small scale as well as industrial and large scale). Topics that might be addressed include, but are not limited to: - The travelling, sharing, interpretation, contestation and alteration of knowledge regimes and expert cultures across different extractive scales, sectors and contexts. - The movement of (international) policies, such as CSR standards, resettlement guidelines and conflict minerals regulation, and their configuration and contestation in diverse extractive contexts. - Issues of (im)mobility of people, labour and activism across extractive industries, and/or across sites of resource extraction; - Conceptual and methodological discussion of (studying) mobility and scale in the context of extractive industries.