Lise Autogena’s ‘Kuannersuit / Kvanefjeld’ screening at the University of Greenland

Still from 'Kuannersuit; Kvanefjeld' by Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway, courtesy of the artist

Public screening of the documentary film Kuannersuit / Kvanefjeld – and panel discussion on uranium mining hosted by Ilisimatusarfik / University of Greenland

Professor Lise Autogena will present Kuannersuit / Kvanefjeld – a documentary film (30 minutes) created in 2016 with long-term collaborator Joshua Portway on 08 October 2018 at the University of Greenland. The film is based on the Australian mining company GME’s plans for mining at Kvanefjeld, which involves extraction of some of the world’s largest stocks of rare earths and uranium.The film explores the local population’s perceptions of the mining project, and asks the following questions:

How can a democratic conversation take place if the government’s desire for major international mining investments is at odds with a large part of the population’s desire for amore long-term environment-friendly vision for the future?

How can a democratic discussion take place if urgent problems can not be discussed because of fear of disagreement?

Following the screening, Lise Autogena will discuss the film and explore to what extent art and culture might play a role in facilitating a different conversation and panel discussion. She will be joined by the following speakers:

Birger Poppel, Project Chief, emeritus – Survey of Living Conditions in the Arctic//SLiCA – University of Greenland

Mikkel Myrup, Curator, Greenland’s National Archives

Rasmus Leander Nielsen, Assistant Professor, PhD – Department of Social Science, Economics & Journalism – University of Greenland.

Kuannersuit / Kvanefjeld followed by panel discussion
Ilisimatusarfik / University of Greenland
Monday 08 October 2018, 7PM – 8.45PM

Organised by Rasmus Leander Nielsen, Department of Social Sciences, Ilisimatusarfik / University of Greenland.

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