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
    akeeling@mun.ca

Research

Society, Knowledge & Values

Globalization, Economy & Resources


My research and publications focus on the environmental-historical geography of Western and Northern Canada. In recent years, my research has explored the historical and contemporary encounters of northern Indigenous communities with large-scale resource developments. I was co-investigator on a multi-site, multi-year SSHRC project examining abandoned mines in Northern Canada and I am leading a new SSHRC project investigating the historical-geography of pollution and contaminants in Northern Canada. I am also interested in historical-geographical approaches to environmental science, political ecology and environmental justice. I have previously written on topics including domestic and industrial pollution, environmental politics, and the history of the conservation/environmental movement. I also serve as co-editor of the journal, Historical Geography (2015-20).

Current and recent research projects:
Northern Exposures: Science, Indigenous People and Northern Contaminants
Toxic Legacies: Community perspectives on Arsenic Pollution at Yellowknife's Giant Mine
Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic (ReSDA)
Abandoned Mines in Northern Canada
Adaptation, Industrial Development, and Arctic Communities (ArcticNet)

Education

NSF Postdoctoral fellow (2005-06), Montana State University
SSHRC Postdoctoral fellow (2004-05), University of Saskatchewan
PhD (2004), University of British Columbia
MA (1999), University of British Columbia
BA Hons. (1996), Carleton University

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:

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

Keeling, A., and Sandlos, J., eds. (2015) Mining and Communities in Northern Canada: History, Politics, and Memory (University of Calgary Press). Canadian History and Environment Series. (open access)

Sandlos, J., and Keeling, A. (2015) Aboriginal Communities, Traditional Knowledge, and the Environmental Legacies of Extractive Development in Canada. The Extractive Industries and Society. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2015.06.005

Laliberte, N., Catungal, J.P., Castleden, H., Keeling, A., Momer, B, Nash, C. (2015) Teaching the Geographies of Canada: Reflections on Pedagogy, Curriculum and the Politics of Teaching and Learning. The Canadian Geographer, in press, doi: 10.1111/cag.12236

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.

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