On the Surface: The Heritage of Mines and Mining

Publié le : 17/08/2010

When resources run out, or when the costs of extraction have become
prohibitive, mines close and we are left not only with the physical
structures of mining but with extensive social, cultural and
environmental legacies. Within the developed world, the transition from
productive to consumptive economies continues to raise questions not
only about how we deal with the material remains of mining, but with the
processes of social and economic change and with more intangible notions
of collective memory forged in human activities underground.

The focus of this conference is upon the heritage of mining and the
extractive industries; the physical sites and the social legacies left
on the Earth's surface. Some former mines, mining landscapes and
communities have gained heritage status and have become popular tourist
attractions while others lie abandoned as pertinent and problematic
markers of a changed world. This international, multidisciplinary
conference seeks to critically examine the powerful and on-going
fascination with mining and how mining heritage now plays an important
role in wider agendas of economic and cultural development.

The Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change, Leeds Metropolitan
University UK, in partnership with the Department of History and
European Ethnology, University of Innsbruck, Austria, welcome abstracts
from a variety of disciplines and fields including: architecture, art
history, history, sociology, anthropology, ethnology, cultural studies,
geography, tourism studies, museum studies, archaeology, ethnology,
linguistics and economics. Indicative themes of interest to the
Conference include:

*         Histories and ethnographies of former mining communities
*         Issues of preserving and managing mining heritage sites
*         Mining for tourists - visitor experiences of mining heritage
*         Interpreting and representing former mining activity
*         Legacies and linkages with the contemporary mining sector
*         Mining labour - mobilities and mining diaspora
*         Memory, identity and belonging in former mining communities
*         The languages of mining communities

Please submit a 300 word abstract including title and full contact
details as an electronic file to ctcc [at] leedsmet.ac.uk. You may submit
your abstract as soon as possible but no later than November 19th 2010.

For further details on the conference please visit the conference's page
at http://www.tourism-culture.com/conferences_and_events.html

Or email us at ctcc [at] leedsmet.ac.uk <mailto:ctcc [at] leedsmet.ac.uk>