Post-extractivist legacies and landscapes: Humanities, artistic and activist responses
takes a transnational and interdisciplinary approach to exploring interactions between creative arts practices and local activism in the transition from mining to post-mining.
Comprising three strands (methodologies, site studies and creative responses) and generating both artistic and academic outputs, the project draws on literary studies, anthropology, history, environmental studies, bio-archaeology and activist art practice to investigate former, ongoing and proposed sites of mining in Ireland, Germany, Estonia, South Africa, Oceania and the Gulf Coast of the United States
Led by the UCD Humanities Institute (PI: Professor Anne Fuchs, Co-Is: Dr Sarah Comyn, Dr Megan Kuster) this project involves a collaboration with the UCD Earth and Discovery Institutes (University College Dublin, Ireland), the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), the Centre of Excellence in Intercultural Studies (Tallinn University, Estonia), the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of Witwatersrand, South Africa), the School of Culture, History and Language (Australian National University) and the Humanities Research and Environmental Studies Centers (Rice University, U.S.A.), ‘Post-extractivist legacies and landscapes’ was selected by the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) to lead a two-year Andrew W. Mellon-funded Global Humanities Institute (GHI) 2023.
The project will develop through a pre, main and post-institute in 2023, each hosted by a different partner institution, with opportunities to participate online. The Institutes are scheduled to take place as follows:
- Pre-Institute – 28-30 April 2023 (hosted by Tallinn University, Estonia)
- Main Institute – 4-8 July 2023 (hosted by University College Dublin, Ireland)
- Post-Institute – 28-30 November 2023 (hosted by the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa)
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