AAC: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Londres, 28–30 Août 2019

AAC: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Londres, 28–30 Août 2019

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qui aura lieu à Londres, du 28 au 30 Août 2019 :


« Call for papers: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, 28–30 August 2019

Water matters: infringing the water-society divide through interdisciplinary engagement
Convenors: Maria Rusca (Uppsala University) and Filippo Menga (University of Reading)

In light of recent geographic calls for re-materialising (urban) political ecology and critical water studies (Rusca et al., 2017, Müller, 2015; Gabriel, 2014; Meehan, 2014; Bennet, 2010; Bakker and Bridge, 2006), this session discusses how the materiality of pipes and other hydraulic infrastructure, the inherent properties of H2O and the social world interact and co-constitute each other at different scales. Following posthumanist perspectives that criticise the way artefacts and the non-human have been reduced to “instrumental frameworks of sociality” (Reckwitz, 2012: 242; Schatzki et al., 2001), we invite scholars to present empirical and analytical papers capturing hydrological flows, infrastructural configurations and their relations to, and enmeshment with, the human. The session also considers the potential for understanding materiality through the lens of the everyday. By turning the attention to the micro-politics and practices of the everyday that are often overlooked in the analysis of water flows (see for instance Anand, 2017; Truelove, 2016; Zug and Graefe, 2014; Ekers and Loftus 2008), we aim to explore the ordinary and extraordinary everyday practices of accessing, distributing, disrupting and altering water flows and how these re-shape the hydrosocial cycle and, in turn, the practices of everyday life (whether transformative or reproductive).

A focus on the materiality of water and hydraulic infrastructure provides a fertile ground for engaging in interdisciplinary collaborations between hydrological, engineering and social sciences. As such, we invite studies from different disciplinary perspectives that engage in and integrate various epistemologies and methodological approaches, including remote sensing qualitative and quantitative social sciences, and modelling.

We invite panellists who through their theoretical and empirical work can contribute to the above debates, by addressing questions that may include, but are not limited to, the following:
o       How do material objects, ranging from large infrastructures to taps and buckets shape hydrological flows and/or social relations and vice versa?
o       What does it mean and how do we take water’s matter/properties seriously?
o       How do we capture the materiality of pipes and water’s properties in relation to the distribution of hydrological flows and risks?
o       What types of collaborations and methodological innovations are required for a genuinely interdisciplinary approach in the analysis of water-society relations that cross the natural and the social?
o       What are the hydrologic and social-technical conditions underlying the production and (uneven) distribution of hydrological risk (floods, droughts)?
o       How large re-materialisations/changes in the forms and states of water (for instance observable in changes in glacier levels whereby water shifts from solid to liquid and eventually disappears) may re-shape everyday life in specific contexts?
o       How do interruptions in the water flow also interrupt or influence human life?

Please email 250-word abstracts to Maria Rusca (maria.rusca@geo.uu.se) or Filippo Menga (f.menga@reading.ac.uk) by 10 February 2019. We will inform the selected session participants by 13 February 2019.

Anand, N. Hydraulic City: Water and the Infrastructures of Citizenship in Mumbai, Duke University Press: 2017.
Bakker, K., Bridge, G., 2006. Material worlds? Resource geographies and the ‘matter of nature’, Progr. Human Geogr. 30 (1), 5–27.
Bennett, J., 2010. Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things. Duke University Press.
Ekers M. and Loftus A., (2008) The power of water: developing dialogues between Foucault and Gramsci, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space volume 26, pages 698 – 718 doi:10.1068/d5907
Gabriel, N., 2014. Urban political ecology: environmental imaginary, governance, and the non-human. Geography Compass 8 (1), 38–48.
Meehan, K.M., (2014). Tool-power: water infrastructure as wellsprings of state power, Geoforum 57 (1), 215–224.
Müller, M., (2015), Assemblages and Actor-networks: Rethinking Socio-material Power, Politics and Space, Geography Compass 9/1, pp. 27–41.
Reckwitz A. (2012) Affective spaces: a praxeological outlook, Rethinking History, 16:2, 241-258.
Rusca, M., Boakye-Ansah, A.S., Loftus, A., Ferrero, G. and van der Zaag, P., (2017). An interdisciplinary political ecology of drinking water quality. Exploring socio-ecological inequalities in Lilongwe’s water supply network. Geoforum, 84, pp.138-146.
Schatzki T. R., Practice minded orders in Schatzki T. R., Cetina K. K. and Eike von Savigny (Eds.) The practice turn in contemporary theory: Routledge, London and New York, 2001.
Truelove Y., (2016), Incongruent waterworlds: Situating the everyday practices and power of water in Delhi, South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal, Issue 12. »

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