Working Session: Porgera, Whither and Whence? 30 Years of the Porgera Goldmine
Organizer: Alex Golub
The Porgera gold mine in Papua New Guinea is now entering its third decade of operations. At the vanguard of technical and social technologies when it opened, the mine has a chequered history of achievements and controversies. The mine has caused rapid and extensive social and economic transformation of the Ipili community in Porgera, as well as cultural and political shifts within Enga province as a whole. Porgera has been important too in terms of the development of understandings of mining-induced social change in Melanesia, with four PhDs (in anthropology, human geography and industrial relations), and a raft of other academic, NGO and 'grey' literature on the complex and often traumatic effects of mine-induced local transformations. This session brings together people with a history of involvement in Porgera in order to both reflect on 30 years of change at Porgera, as well as the way in which academic and policy work at Porgera has shaped debates and arguments regarding extractive industries and social transformation in Melanesia.
We welcome papers on
Following ASAO tradition, we will ask presenters to prepare a short paper (perhaps 1500 words) and then speak to the paper in our session as we workshop them to improve them. Depending on our progress, we may move to publication after this, or else continue to a symposium next year and then to publication.
Alex Golub, University of Hawai‘i-Manoa, <firstname.lastname@example.org>