Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Global Arts and Cultures
This project investigates the physical and narrative barriers constructed by the phosphate mining and processing industry to dissuade public engagement with its phosphogypsum sites in Central Florida, USA. The barriers around PG utilize decades of misinformation, racial geographies, and misrepresentations of scale, origin, and risk to create powerful narratives about how we should imagine and relate to these materials. These barriers hinder sustained public attention to their sites, enabling extractive industries to expand while avoiding oversight and responsibility. Attention to how these barriers around phosphogypsum are constructed allows us to recognize these strategies at work in how we see and communicate about industrial wastes, and opens up the possibility of new and more generative relationships with these materials.
Devaraj, Harsha, "Fertilizer waste mistreatment facilities: investigating the barrier that keep waste in and attention out at Central Florida's phosphogypsum stacks." (2022). Masters Theses. 853.
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