My PhD project deals with mining activities on indigenous land. I am looking into diverse imaginaries of extractivism and land and how these are invoked in pro- and anti-mining narratives of land use respectively. Situated in decolonial thought and feminist political ecology, I am interested in the neglect of anti-mining relationalities to land in narratives of progress, (green) growth and extraction for the good of the people and the modern way of life. I am working with the notion of ‘exceptionalism’ to dissect Sweden’s imaginary of mining as exceptionally sustainable and non-intrusive. I am interested in the ‘forgetfulness’ of the linear story of progress in regards to anti-mining and indigenous accounts of extraction as destructive. Here, I am working on memory politics and want to make sense of what has been referred to as colonial amnesia, innocence, ignorance, denial in regards to Sweden’s extractive self, and resistance against strategic forgetfulness through in anti-mining voices. I am also working on emotions and how these are invoked in claims to land.
In addition to resistance against Swedish mining, where I am looking at Gállok/Kallak, a planned iron ore project in Sápmi, I am also planning to include a case of coal mining in South Kalimantan, Indonesia.
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