Oct. 16, 2020

Mapping the Planetary Mine at NACIS

I presented some ongoing work by Graphe at the virtual 2020 meeting of the North American Cartographic Information Society. The work is part of an ongoing scholar-activist project, funded by an International Scholar-Activist Workshop Award from the Antipode Foundation and undertaken in collaboration with the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network and the Beyond Extraction collective at York University. We—being Graphe—put together critical corporate research workshops at a counter-conference organized by our collaborators in which participants used GIS, geocoding, and simple cartography to produce handouts and fliers. (See my previous post.) Subsequently, we’ve been developing tools to ‘map the investors exchange’ a trade floor at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference, the largest extractive-industrial conference in the world.

Insodoing, we’re trying to trace, cartographically, some radically multi-scalar relations: from banal booths in a cavernous basement to sites of extraction, though countless subsidiaries and capital flows.

  • Eric Robsky Huntley
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  • Eric Robsky Huntley is a Lecturer in Urban Science and Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT where they maintain affiliations with the Data + Feminism Lab and the Healthy Neighborhoods Study. They also serve as a Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School …