Periodizing radical feminist mine labour film innovations of the settler colony

Rachel O'Reilly



This paper, meta-framed by Spivak's 'Three Women's Texts and a Critique of Imperialism', reconsiders the legacy of radical feminist labour film around the mine contract in order to think through the present-day engendering of divestment politics in the settler colony around new forms of extractive infrastructure and wage innovations. In Australia , contemporary mine production involves high salaried contractors negotiating 'unconventional' extractive regimes via increasingly privatized, post-democratic licensing and labour agreements, at the anthropocenic limits of land use. The image of Mine Work, once key for dramatizing production (and anti-production, in strike) has been mobilized within the New Economy in ways that fundamentally disturb the figure-ground relations of citizenship through which the mine worker dialectically achieved its value in the first place. Significant feminist achievements in experimental film form from the Canadian and Australian settler colonial context (Sophie Bissonnette CA, Sandra Lahire UK, Bonita Ely) are drawn upon to work through the difference of contemporary modes of extractive labour. Im-proper and clinamen-like engenderings of industry norms and formal 'movement', between labour and nature, inform a larger theorization of a possible contemporary aesthetic politics of divestment.

Canada - marxist feminism - extraction - mining - labour film - settler colony - postcolony - labour critique - Australia - anthropocene - feminism - white feminism - contract - neocontractualism  
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