Event: Workshop on Timescapes and Mining in Freiberg (16.-17.08.20)

The workshop on Timescapes and Mining in Freiburg, Saxony, from August 16-17 2020 aims to strengthen and expand the network of researchers in STS who address the underground in their work. How can we understand the long history and emerging futures of mining? By focusing on timescapes, participants will develop new capacities to contextualize and interpret changes and transformations in our relations to mined materials, mining technologies, and the sciences of Earth’s subsurface.

The workshop will take place immediately before the 4S/EASST Prague conference and will be sited in Freiburg, Germany, about 160 kilometers northwest of Prague. The workshop will include opportunities to share research in progress and network with international colleagues. Activities will include visits to an underground lab and closed mine at “Reiche Zeche” and a historic “Muldenhütten” smelter in Freiburg. In addition, we will connect with local activists and academics interested in decontamination and resource extraction from mining tailings.

Applications to participate should include a 200-word biographical statement and a 500-word statement that describes and reflects upon how the participant’s research deals with the timescapes of mining.  The workshops targets in particular scholars whose work addresses public issues or involves collaboration with scientists, engineers, or members of the lay public.

Applications to participate in the workshop are due on February 29, 2020 and should be emailed to Jessica Smith at jmsmith@mines.edu. The subject line of the email should read “STSU Freiberg (surname of applicant)”. Up to fifteen non-local applications will be chosen. Travel from Prague to Freiberg, lodging, and some meals will be covered by the organizers.

The workshop is timed to precede the 2020 joint meetings of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) and the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST), in Prague. There is a related panel (open session) for the 4S/EASST meetings titled “STS Underground: Locating Matter and Agency in Emerging Subterranean Worlds.” Please consider submitting a paper abstract to that session (listed as #168 under open panels on the meeting website), in addition to applying to participate in this workshop. The deadline for submitting an abstract for 4S/EASST Prague open sessions is February 29, 2020.

This workshop is organized by Alena Bleicher (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ), Abby Kinchy (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Roopali Phadke (Macalester College), and Jessica Smith (Colorado School of Mines). Questions about the workshop can be directed to Roopali Phadke (phadke@macalester.edu) or Abby Kinchy (kincha@rpi.edu).