Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference is postponed to Spring 2021.

Mining the Connections 2021

International Multi-Network Conference on Mining
March 17-19, 2021 – Montreal, Québec, Canada
Traditional territories of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) and the Anishinabeg (Algonquin) peoples

Calls for sessions and papers are now open. Submit your abstract by August 28, 2020!

Call for Submissions

Mining the Connections

Mining the Connectionsis an international and multidisciplinary conference gathering academic researchers, students as well as government representatives, Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members, NGOs and mining companies to discuss mining developments and its impacts.

This international conference explores the many connections between mineral extraction, local communities, and the environment from a multidisciplinary perspective. It seeks to build and increase connections between governments, researchers, NGOs, practitioners, and community representatives from around the globe, in order to increase knowledge of mining development and its impacts.

The conference will be hosted at the Intercontinental Hotel, in Montreal, March 17-19, 2021.

The organizing committee is pleased to launch a call for sessions and abstracts. You can learn more about the conference rationale, themes and submission guidelines in the following sections.

Rationale Submissions

Registration will start on September 1, 2020.

Hosting Partners

This event is jointly organized by three international research networks studying resource extraction around the world:

Mining is a global industry with intensely local impacts.

Mining activities have major effects on both the natural and social environment. From water pollution to acid mine and rock drainage, from wildlife habitat modification to land and ecosystems degradation, the environmental effects of mining are significant. These vary throughout the life cycle of the mining project, depending on the type of ore being mined, exploration, extraction and treatment methods, and phase of development.

Mineral production also affects the communities where a mine is established. It might create economic wealth through employment and profits, but may also entail loss of authority over traditional territories, reconfigure a community's social and political hierarchies (including gender equity), and have impacts on local livelihoods and community cohesion. Furthermore, mining projects can have important impacts on the health and well-being of individuals and local communities.

Finally, whether ores naturally run out or prices run low, all mines eventually come to an end, leaving behind economic and environmental challenges, as well as social and cultural legacies.

Organizing Committee

Dag Avango

Part of the leadership of REXSAC, professor at Luleå University and researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Fabrice Colin

Principal investigator of the Amedee Network and research director at the IRD UMR CEREGE

Arn Keeling

Professor at Memorial University

Thierry Rodon

Principal investigator of the MinErAL Network and professor at Laval University

Gunhild Rosqvist

Professor at Stockholm University

Chris Southcott

Principal Investigator of ReSDA and professor at Lakehead University

Aude Therrien

Coordinator of the MinErAL Network

Call for Sessions & Abstracts

We invite all interested actors to submit proposals for thematic sessions, roundtables, panel discussions, workshops on specific topics of interest as well as for individual or group presentations. Participants are invited to present research findings and share knowledge along the following themes:

  • Mining activities, local communities, and environmental change
  • Social acceptability and social licence
  • Mineral extraction and economic and social development
  • Indigenous encounters with mining activities and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent
  • Environmental and social assessment and monitoring, and community participation in the context of mining development
  • Social and environmental impacts throughout the “mining cycle,” from exploration to closure
  • Post mining closure, environmental legacies, economic impacts, and new uses
  • Mining history, tourism, and heritage
  • Multiple pressures: The intersection of mining with other drivers of social and environmental change

Submission deadline is August 28, 2020.

Anyone interested in organizing one of these activities is required to send their proposal following the guidelines below before August 28, 2020.

The scientific committee will select the sessions and abstracts to be presented at the conference. The selections will be made in October 2020.

Accepted sessions will be announced in November 2020.

Submission Guidelines Scientific Committee

Submission Guidelines

For Sessions

Submission must include the following information:

  • Title of the session
  • Lead chair first name and last name, e-mail address, home institution, affiliation or organization, and country
  • If applicable, co-chair(s) first and last name, e-mail address, affiliation, and country
  • Format of the session: thematic session, roundtable, panel discussions, workshops, or other (specify)
  • Language(s) of the session: French or English
  • Identify the potential presenting authors
  • Description of proposed session (300 words maximum). The scientific committee will use this text to assess the quality of the session
  • Session summary (50 words maximum). If your session is accepted, this text will be used to promote the session.

For Papers

Submission must include the following information:

  • Title of the presentation
  • Presenting author (the persons making the presentation), first name and last name, e-mail address, home institution, affiliation or organization, and country
  • If applicable, co-author(s), first and last name, e-mail address, affiliation, and country
  • Format of the presentation (Poster or oral)
  • Language of the presentation: French or English
  • Short description of the presentation (maximum 250 words) This text is used by the scientific committee to assess the quality and potential of the presentation
  • Summary statement (50 words). This text will be included online to summarize your presentation for attendees
  • Presenting author biography (maximum 50 words). Your session chair will use this information to introduce you to attendees

Please note

  • Participation as a presenting author is limited to two sessions per person. You may be a co-author (i.e., not the person making the presentation) an unlimited number of times.
  • Presentations may be in English or French. However, it should be noted that simultaneous translation can not be provided at the conference.
  • Session chairs and presenting authors are required to register and pay fees by February 1, 2021. At that time, if you have not registered, your session or your presentation will be cancelled.
  • The length of the presentation will vary according with the format and number of presenters in your session. That information will be confirmed to the presenters two months before the event.
All proposals should be sent to the scientific committee at miningconnections2020@gmail.com by August 28, 2020.

Scientific Committee

Dag Avango

Part of the leadership of REXSAC, professor at Luleå University and researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Kristina Maud Bergeron

Research Coordinator and Researcher in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development, ESG-UQAM, member of the TRAMIN network

Sabrina Bourgeois

Doctoral student in political science, Université Laval

Fabrice Colin

Principal investigator of the Amedee Network and research director at the IRD UMR CEREGE

Rosa Galvez-Cloutier

Full professor at Laval university and Canadian Senator

Lee Huskey

Emeritus professor, University of Alaska Anchorage

Arn Keeling

Professor at Memorial University

Ella Myette

Master student in geography, McGill University

Pierre Nachet

Doctoral student in political science, Laval University

Gonzalo Bustamante Riviera

Professor, Universidad de La Frontera and Coordinator of the CLACSO Working Group

Thierry Rodon

Principal investigator of the MinErAL Network and professor at Laval University

Gunhild Rosqvist

Professor at Stockhom University

Abdelaziz Smouni

Professor and director of the BIO2D laboratory, Mohammed V University of Rabat

Chris Southcott

Principal Investigator of ReSDA and professor at Lakehead University

Melissa Sutton

Partnership Facilitator, Queensland Resources Council

Jean-Louis Thydjepache

Community Relations Officer, Koniambo Nickel SAS

Karine Vanthuyne

Associate professor at the University of Ottawa and director of GRITE

Alphonse Yao

Director of the École supérieure des Mines et de Géologie de Yamoussoukro and Director of the African Centre of Excellence Mining and Mining Environment

Alexander Richard Duane Zahara

Doctoral student in geography, Memorial University

Venue

The InterContinental Montreal
360 Saint-Antoine Street West
Montreal, QC
H2Y 3X4 Canada
Tel.: 1-514-987-9900

The perfect blend of an intimate boutique hotel atmosphere and the outstanding service of a luxurious hotel, the InterContinental Montreal offers the best of both worlds.

Ideally located between downtown and Old Montreal, the InterContinental Montreal flaunts the perfect alliance of a rich historical heritage and a fresh contemporary design. Elegantly overlooking the international business area with its 26-story building with tourelles, the hotel is located above the Montreal World Trade Centre. Connected to the underground city, the Montreal Convention Centre and close to two subway stations, the hotel's location will allow you to discover many of the city's points of interest.

Directions

Contact Us

Mining the Connections Conference
c/o Aude Therrien
Pavillon Charles-De Koninck
Office 2439-B
Laval University
Québec (Québec)
G1V 0A6
Email: miningconnections2020@gmail.com
Phone : 418-656-2131 # 404527