P017
Mining temporalities: ideas, experiences and politics of time in extractive industries [Anthropology of Mining Network]

Convenors:
Lorenzo D'Angelo (University of Milano-Bicocca)
Robert Pijpers (University of Hamburg)
Chair:
Sabine Luning, Leiden University
Discussant:
Samuel Spiegel, University of Edinburgh
Location:
U7-11
Start time:
22 July, 2016 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

Resource extraction is often seen as a process of transformation of a space, rarely as a complex temporal process. Following the recent anthropological debates on the anthropology of time, this panel invites to submit proposals that examine temporal dimensions of mines and extractive processes.

Long abstract:

This panel welcomes ethnographic analysis that examines the relationship between resource extraction and time. There are, at least, two ways of considering this relationship. First, being more than a spatial feature of landscapes, mines can also be understood as temporal landscapes in which past experiences intertwine with present concerns, and miners', local communities`, companies' or states' expectations for the future. Understanding how past, present and future are incorporated and shape mining life cycles, or how these temporal dimensions become grounds of possible disputes are some of the aspects that this panel invites to explore. Second, resource extraction itself is a process influenced and made of a multitude of interconnected temporalities, such as commodity markets oscillations, mining booms and busts and the seasonality and rhythms of the extractive activities and other local modes of production. How do these temporalities articulate and what are the perceptions, ideas, and temporal experiences of different members within the mining community? How do individuals or institutions make sense of, or take decisions when they have to deal with the discrepancies between what they know, or imagine, about the past and what they expect and hope for the future? This panel is open to proposals that shed light on these and other issues like, for example, the 'politics of time' (S. Kirsch) through which dominant social actors in the mining industry attempt to manipulate the temporal perceptions of others and orientate their decisions, or the mechanisms that simultaneously produce physical, social and temporal violence (J. Smith).

Accepted Papers: