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Arn Keeling

Department of Geography
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
A1B 3X9

Office: SN-1041
Tel: (709) 864-8990
Fax: (709) 864-3119

E mail: akeeling[at]

My academic training and research interests lie in the field of historical-cultural geography and nature/culture studies.

I received my BA (Carleton 1996) and MA (British Columbia 1999) in history and my PhD (British Columbia 2004) in geography. I subsequently spent a year as a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in geography at the University of Saskatchewan, then another as an NSF-funded postdoc in the Department of History and Philosophy at Montana State University, Bozeman.

My research and publications focus on the environmental-historical geography of Western and Northern Canada, and include studies of domestic and industrial pollution, environmental politics, and the history of the conservation/environmental movement.
In recent years, my research has explored the historical and contemporary encounters of northern Indigenous communities with large-scale resource developments. I am co-investigator on a multi-site, multi-year project examining abandoned mines in Northern Canada. I am also interested in historical-geographical approaches to environmental science, political ecology and environmental justice.

Teaching Interests

  • Nature and culture in Canada;
  • Historical geography;
  • Political Ecology

Current Research Projects

Selected Publications

General interest/popular articles:

  • Arn Keeling, "Abandoned Mines in Northern Canada" (photo essay), The Goose 12-13 (2013), 100-110. (online)
  • John Sandlos and Arn Keeling, "Zombie Mines and the (Over)burden of History," Solutions Journal 4, 3 (June 2013). (online)
  • Arn Keeling, “Atomic Outpost,” Canada’s History (June/July 2011), 28-35.

Scholarly publications:

Forthcoming book: Mines and Communities in Northern Canada: History, Politics and Memory (2015), co-edited by Arn Keeling and John Sandlos

Some of the publications listed below are freely available online through the Memorial University Research Repository.

  • LeClerc, E., and Keeling, A. 2015 “From Cutlines to Traplines: Post-industrial land use at the Pine Point mine,” The Extractive Industries and Society 2 (January): 7-18. (online)
  • Boutet, J.S., Keeling, A., and Sandlos, J. 2015 Historical Perspectives on Mining and the Social Economy. In Northern Communities Working Together: The Social Economy of Canada's North, ed. C. Southcott (University of Toronto Press), 198-227.
  • Cater, T., and Keeling, A. 2013 ‘That’s Where Our Future Came From’: Mining, Landscape, and Memory in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. Etudes/Inuit/Studies 37, 2: 59-82
  • Sandlos, J. and Keeling, A. 2012 Claiming the New North: Mining and Colonialism at the Pine Point Mine, Northwest Territories, Canada. Environment and History 18, 1(February): 5-34. (online)
  • Keeling, A. 2012 “Mining Waste” and “Sewage,” in C. Zimring (Ed.), SAGE Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste (Sage), 553-556, 799-801
  • Keeling, A. 2012 “Mackenzie River,” in S.G. Beavis, M.L. Dougherty, & T. Gonzales (Eds.), The Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability: Vol. 8. The Americas and Oceania: Assessing Sustainability (Berkshire Publishing), 138-140
  • Keeling, A. and Wynn, G. 2011'The Park is...A Mess': Development and Degradation in B.C.'s First Provincial Park. BC Studies 120 (Summer): 119-150. Special issue on B.C. Provincial Parks
  • Keeling, A. and Sandlos, J. 2011 Shooting the Archives: Document digitization for historical-geographical collaboration. History Compass 9, 5 (May): 423-432. (online)
  • Keeling, A. 2010 'Born in an Atomic Test Tube': Landscapes of cyclonic development at Uranium City, Saskatchewan. The Canadian Geographer 54, 2 (Summer), 228-252.
  • Keeling, A. and Sandlos, J. 2009 Environmental Justice Goes Underground? Historical Notes from Canada's Northern Mining Frontier. Environmental Justice 2, 3: 117-125. (online)
  • Keeling, A. 2008 "We Are Scholars": Using Teamwork and Problem-based Learning in a Canadian Regional Geography Course. MountainRise 4:3 (online).
  • Keeling, A. 2007 Charting Marine Pollution Science: Oceanography and Pollution Control on Canada’s Pacific Coast, 1938-1970. Journal of Historical Geography 33: 403-428 (online).
  • Keeling, A. 2005 Urban Waste Sinks as a Natural Resource: The Case of the Fraser River. Urban History Review/Revue d’Histoire Urbaine 34, pp. 58-70.