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STS Underground: Investigating the Technoscientific Worlds of Mining and Subterranean Extraction

February 05 2017 to February 07 2017 | Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO

Deadline: September 15 2016

Updated: August 13 2016

A Three-Day Research Workshop

With keynote speaker Gabrielle Hecht, author of Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade (MIT Press, 2012)

This intensive three-day workshop aims to bring together interdisciplinary scholars whose work addresses technologies, practices, and forms of knowledge related to the mining of minerals, groundwater and fossil fuels. We seek papers that examine the technoscientific aspects of how questions about extraction are posed and deliberated, how extraction itself occurs, and how the consequences of such extraction are addressed.

Twelve abstracts will be selected for the workshop, and authors will circulate their papers one month in advance. We encourage participation from graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty.

The workshop will include a public keynote address, a field trip/excursion with mining and petroleum experts, and a panel discussion with invited guest scholars. We will also include informal opportunities to network with fellow participants. Participants will not present their papers. Rather, submitted papers will be workshopped in small groups with an assigned discussant.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is September 15, 2016. Please send proposals (no more than one page for a single abstract, as a word or pdf document to and Include full contact details (email, affiliation and address for contact). Notifications and initial program details will be sent out by November 1, 2016.