Social Water: Call for Papers

Social Water: an Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Workshop
25th October 2013, University of York
Call for Papers
Water sustains life, but how might it also be said to sustain communities? Social and cultural engagements with water have become a rapidly expanding research area, a development which has challenged and complicated the previously dominant technical–managerial view of water as a ‘natural resource’. There is a growing realisation that ecologically-responsible interactions with water can only come about through an understanding of how people experience, use and ‘think with’ water as a particular type of substance that lies somewhere between nature and culture.
This workshop takes water’s various forms as a provocation and invitation for postgraduates to present similarly diverse critical perspectives on water’s social meanings. It offers a unique opportunity for constructive interdisciplinary conversations on this emerging and vital subject.
Topics to consider might include, but are not limited to:
  • Water privatisation
  • Water on film
  • Water in ecocriticism and environmental studies
  • Gendered engagements with water
  • Water in religion, performance and ritual
  • Waterscapes – the sea, rivers, coastlines, marshes
  • Disasters and reconstruction
  • Embodiment, memory and affect
The day will feature a keynote speech by Dr Kimberley Peters, Lecturer in Human Geography at Aberystwyth University, and will conclude with a roundtable discussion led by Professor Graham Huggan of the School of English at the University of Leeds.
This event is hosted by the White Rose Research Studentship Network on Hydropolitics: Community, Environment and Conflict in an Unevenly Developed World. It has been generously supported by the University of York Humanities Research Centre.

Abstracts of 250 words for 20 minute papers should be sent to Hannah Boast hkb503@york.ac.uk, by 13 September 2013.

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