The DePOT blog shares emerging research from within the project and outside of it. We aim to publish a range of perspectives. 

DePOT Blog Submissions Guideline 

We are looking for 750-1,000-word blog post with a clear message or argument, and a suggested title.


  • Write for a general and specialized audience, as this is our public-facing website. No jargon!  
  • Use Chicago-style citations  
  • If possible, send a photo to accompany your post with citation (photos must be under 2500 pixels) 
  • If you are not a DePOT affiliate, please send a writer biography (200 words max)  

Email submissions or questions to, and the DePOT blog is edited by Dr Steven High.

Topic ideas:

  • Responses to current events  
  • Discussions on upcoming publications  
  • Reflections on recent research trips  
  • Notes on recent conferences in related fields, protests and solidarity events, marches, workshops, roundtables… 
  • Posts commemorating important anniversaries or key historical events  
  • Blog posts written as coursework in a class related to deindustrialization  
  • Discussions on representations of deindustrialization in pop culture 
  • Personal essays about how your work in deindustrialization studies intersects with lived experience 

Slag Banks and Acts of Erasure

Clara Casian reflects on the traces left by the steel industry on Barrows Island’s landscape.