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Conversation at Keeton: Jenny Goldstein: "Would you get rich quick? Big impacts of small-scale gold mining in Indonesia"

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 7:15pm to 8:15pm

William T. Keeton House, House Professor Jackson's apt G70
4 Forest Park Lane, Ithaca, NY

Over the past few years there’s been a rush to find gold across Indonesia, as small-scale, artisanal miners try their luck in often illegal places and using illegal methods. Nearly all of them use mercury in the mining process, which is highly toxic to their health and the health of the surrounding environments and communities. Drawing on recent fieldwork in Indonesian Borneo and Sumbawa, I will discuss some of the issues involved in stopping mercury use as well as the challenges of conducting research on illicit activities.

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