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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Call for papers - Mining, Materiality and Cultural Heritage

Subject: Call for papers - Mining, Materiality and Cultural Heritage

Reply-To: Kirsty Gillespie <k.gillespie@UQ.EDU.AU>

Mining, Materiality and Cultural Heritage: A one-day symposium at The
University of Queensland
Friday 17th May 2013
Seminar Room, Level 4
Sir James Foots Building 47A, St Lucia campus


The exhibition 'Musical Landscapes of Lihir', currently showing at the
University of Queensland's Anthropology Museum, addresses the relationship
of mining and cultural heritage. In Lihir, New Ireland Province, Papua New
Guinea, gold mining has impacted on the local and regional economy
enabling, amongst other things, increased access to consumer goods and a
correspondingly increased level of kastom, feasting that pays for
performance and ancestral maintenance.

In conjunction with this exhibition a one-day symposium will be held at the
University of Queensland to explore scholarly approaches to the
intersection between resource industries, materiality and cultural life.
The symposium aims to connect with the growing concern, amongst people who
experience resource industry activity in the place where they live, to
strike a balance between an engagement with economic growth and
development, and the maintenance of cultural identity. We seek papers that
address particularly the relationship of material or immaterial
(intangible) cultural heritage. Case studies from anywhere in the world are

Papers might explore or extend the following interlinked themes in the
context of the minerals industry:

- The relationship between the commodification of a landscape and the
transformation in patterns of consumption that mining and mining revenue
may bring about.

- Changes in ideas about temporality where mining occurs. For example
there may be a new anxiety about how to get into the future among people
who have mines on their land.

- The intersection of native title law and cultural heritage management.

- Cultural heritage and community consultation.

Proposals should be emailed to the convenors by Monday 22nd April. Please
include presenter name, affiliation, title of paper/presentation, an
abstract of 150 words, and any special requirements for your presentation.
Papers should be delivered in 20mins and will be followed by

Registration for the symposium is free.

Symposium convenors:
Dr Kirsty Gillespie -
Professor Ian Lilley -
Dr Andrew Sneddon -
Dr Diana Young -

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