Mineral Wealth/Extractive Health: Climate as Commodity in Rocky Mountain Mining Country

Michaela Rife

University of Toronto

Michaela Rife (University of Toronto) is a PhD candidate in art history, writing her dissertation on visual engagements with resource extraction in the American West, 1880-1940. She is a 2017-2018 predoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, researching environmental history through the lens of Western New Deal Post Office murals. Her writing has been published in Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities and Seismopolite: Journal of Art and Politics. er research has been supported by the American Antiquarian Society and the Charles Redd Center at Brigham Young University.  


During Colorado’s late nineteenth-century mining boom, railroad tycoon William Jackson Palmer recognized two important things: the state’s heavy metal mining industry would need railroads and coal, and wealthy residents... [ view full abstract ]


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P64 » Climate as Commodity (08:30 - Saturday, 24th March, Enchantment E)

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