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?
In deindustrialization studies, representations of industrial closures have often dwelled on the ways that masculinity is threatened or reconfigured through the experience of job loss and on the erosion of collective ties and spaces linked to the world of work. Conversely, women have appeared only on the fringes of the literature on deindustrialization, sometimes in their capacities as wives and mothers, but increasingly also as displaced workers in their own right. DePOT seeks to bring the history of deindustrialisation into productive dialogue with histories of youth, the body, health, the home and the caring economy.
This conference, the culmination of our project’s Gender, Family, and Deindustrialization research initiative, features researchers from a variety of disciplinary and regional backgrounds. Registration is free. With a program of three concurrent panels, two keynotes, and a plenary with DePOT’s artists-in-residence planned, we are excited to see you in Glasgow!
Organizing committee: Jackie Clarke, Arthur McIvor, Rebekah Chatellier, Piyusha Chatterjee, and Yvonne McFadden
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