What is "Artisanal" about Artisanal Mining? Reflections from Madagascar's Sapphire and Gold Trades

Date: May 6, 2014 Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theatre

Made in Madagascar book coverA Lecture by Andrew Walsh, Department of Anthropology, Western University, London, Ontario.

The talk looks at how Madagascar, long a global fetish of biodiversity, exoticism, and tourism has been transformed by the hunt for precious gems and minerals and the effect this has had on local communities who live amidst this boom yet rarely profit from it.  The talk will be of interest to anyone concerned with the politics of conservation, global environmental movements, tourism, and the uneven effects of globalization.

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty Visiting Educator Fund and the Department of Anthropology.

Questions: Jason Pribilsky, Department of Anthropology, pribiljc@whitman.edu