Mining Emotions - Affective Approaches to Resource Extraction

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations


Within the field of resource extraction there is consensus that emotions should be avoided. We are constantly reminded that mining discussions should be based on facts and rational arguments rather than let the emotions prevail. However, not only political discourse, but also scientific discourse is greatly influenced by emotions. Framed by titles including words such as “opportunities” and “potential”, scientific reports activate emotions as they discursively link resource extraction to development and a notion of the good life as based on economic growth. Thus, mining not only relies upon the mobilization of emotions but also fosters emotions, which support certain discourses and narratives while silencing other. Hence the expression “Mining emotions”. The organizers of this session are part of REXSAC, (Resource Extraction and Sustainable Arctic Communities We invite papers focusing on energy humanities, emotional geography and related approaches to mining and resource extraction.
Period15 Jun 2021
Event titleICASS: International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences
Event typeConference
LocationArkhahgelsk, Russian FederationShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Extractive industries
  • Arctic
  • Emotions
  • Affect
  • Memory
  • Politics