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 

No More Scheffervilles

Forty years ago this summer, the Cleveland-based Iron Ore Company of Canada closed its open pit mine in Quebec’s far northeast, putting the future of the town of Schefferville into doubt. Most of the housing in the town of 2,500 was owned by the departing company as was the long railway line south to Sept-Iles, the only land-link to the outside world. While most industrial closures receive little public attention outside of the immediate locality or region, Schefferville became front page news across Canada for weeks, even years. What explains this sustained interest?