Lindsay A. Bell

Christopher Smeall Summer Scholar


When Diamonds Aren’t Forever: An Ethnography of Tomorrow Making in Canada’s Industrial Sub-Arctic

Lindsay A. BellLindsay A. BellPhotograph by Jason S. OrdazLindsay A. BellPhotograph by Jason S. Ordaz

Dr. Bell's research examines how competing resource temporalities take shape in state policy, popular culture, and everyday practice in Canada’s Diamond Basin. In the early 2000s, natural resources in general, and diamonds in particular, were discussed as either a cure to diminish Aboriginal poverty, or as a curse that would extend the history of colonialism and exploitation. What the curse/cure debates overlook are the intricate ways in which the people most directly affected by mining projects orient to the promises, fulfilled and not, of resource development, and how, in turn, these promises shape what kinds of imagined future are possible. While at SAR, Dr. Bell will work on an article-length manuscript, ”‘Set for Life’: Registers of Responsibility in Canada’s Diamond Basin,” which tracks how industry training programs attempt to socialize Aboriginal residents into specific resource temporalities and the multiple ways in which trainees embrace, reject, and reconfigure them in light of their own circumstances, histories, and desired futures.

Affiliation at time of award:
Postdoctoral Scholar, Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto

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