The concept of extractivism - the process of extracting (mining, drilling, felling or otherwise trading) high-demand natural resources from the Earth to sell on the world market - is more widely known in countries of the Majority World. However, extractivism has shaped the landscape and (post)industrial communities in Scotland and the UK over the last few centuries.

In January 2020 CHE will host two events on a short history of extractivism in the UK and beyond, using archival films from the National Library  of Scotland and the British Film Institute about coal mining and industrial agriculture. We will announce a full programme with information on how to book soon, but here is some provisional information: save the dates!

  • Invading the Skin of the Earth: COAL.

8th January, 6pm, Billiard Hall in The Pearce Institute, 840 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 3UU. We will screen three short films on coal mining and culture, followed by a discussion with Maria Antonia Velez Serna,  lecturer in film and media at the University of Stirling,  activist, publisher and author Mike Small and journalist Christopher Silver

  • Invading the Skin of the Earth: SOIL. 

23rd January, 6pm, Andalus, 213 New City Road, G4 9PA. Screening of two short films: one on extractivism-based industural agriculture, one a landscape study of an Orkney croft (Margaret Tait's 'Land Makar'), followed by a discussion with Geoff Squire, agroecology and crops researcher and former Principal Research Scientist at the James Hutton Institute (other contributors announced soon). 

CHE are delivering this as part of
Film Hub North's Shifting Ground,  a nationwide funding programme dedicated to uncovering the many voices, hidden histories and forgotten stories that make up our collective past.

More details, including how to book your place, coming in the next newsletter.