Deutsh, Shoshana: Travel Grant - 2016-2017

Graduate School
Project Title: 
Conservation Mining: Sustainable Development, Technology, and Environmental Knowledge in New Zealand
Project Abstract: 
Protected lands, wilderness, conservation sites: these are spaces which evoke ecological responsibility and environmental protection. In the Canadian Yukon and New Zealand, technological and colonial-settler practices, legal frameworks, and industry-community relations have opened lands for mining while simultaneously maintaining the conservation status of these sites under the auspices of “sustainable” development. In this sub-project of my dissertation, I investigate the ramifications of what I term “conservation mining” in New Zealand: a convergence of the contradictory practices of environmental protection and resource development sustained through technologies and knowledge-making practices.