Call for abstract in « Hydrofeminism’ – re-thinking our bodily and planetary waters » session at Royal Geographical Society – Annual International Conference

Call for abstract in « Hydrofeminism’ – re-thinking our bodily and planetary waters » session at Royal Geographical Society – Annual International Conference

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CFP: ‘Hydrofeminism’ – re-thinking our bodily and planetary waters »

RGS-IBG Annual Conference, 28th-30th August 2019, London, UK

Session sponsored by Gender and Feminist Geography Research Group (GFGRG)
Session organisers: Mirjami Lantto (University of Glasgow), Emma Cardwell (University of Glasgow), Deborah Dixon (University of Glasgow)

The increasingly unsettled hydrological dynamics of the earth call us to attend to the shifting relations between the different ‘bodies of water’ (Neimanis 2017) that constitute it. Amid a deepening environmental crisis, approaching water as a detached entity and resource is becoming ever more problematic. Poignantly, the volatility of our watery worlds invites us to attune to the constant ‘leakage’ between watery bodies. Whilst differentiated, water seems to ‘lace’ our most basic bodily functions into the realm of planetary processes as it courses between the fissures of the planet and the cells of organic beings in an increasingly unpredictable and toxic drift. Being thus intimately muddled in the ethics and bodily politics of environmental devastation and injustice, water is the stuff of trans-corporeal posthumanism, of ‘hydrofeminism’ (Neimanis 2012).

This session addresses material, philosophical, scientific and creative ways of approaching a range of contested watery ‘bodies’, from intercellular fluids to fluvial systems. How might the politics and ethics of being as, and amid, bodies of water be differently and meaningfully theorized and experienced (Alaimo 2016; Yaka 2017)? What sorts of watery spaces, temporalities and processes can be glimpsed through academic modes of enquiry, as well as those open to creativity and experimentation?

Invitation of papers and interventions on, but not limited to, the following topics:

Watery bodies (human, non-human, organic, inorganic)
Trans-corporeal relations: permeable and viscous bodies
Unsettled and unsettling waters: power, capitalism, violence, war
Feminism and water (hydrofeminism)
A watery ethics of becoming?
Situated / suspended waters
Re-telling and re-siting the science of marine and fluvial environments
Posthuman interactions: watery commonalities / alterities
Evolutionary genealogies of water
Water as archive / archivist
Cellular / planetary / interstellar waters
Water as a gestational milieu
Poetics of fluvial / coastal / marine geomorphology
Threatened / threatening waters
Unknown waters
Watery transgressions
Narrating / visualizing / performing water
Hydrophonics: sounding water

Presentations in non-traditional and participatory formats, conference technologies allowing, are welcomed.

Please send your abstract (up to 250 words), title, affiliations and contact details to Mirjami Lantto (h.lantto.1{at} by Friday 8th February.

Alaimo, S. (2016). Exposed: Environmental politics and pleasures in posthuman times. University of Minnesota Press.
Neimanis, A. (2012). Hydrofeminism: Or, on becoming a body of water. Undutiful daughters: Mobilizing future concepts, bodies and subjectivities in feminist thought and practice, 96-115.
Neimanis, A. (2017). Bodies of water: Posthuman feminist phenomenology. Bloomsbury Publishing.
Yaka, Ö. (2017). A feminist-phenomenology of women’s activism against hydropower plants in Turkey’s Eastern Black Sea region. Gender, Place & Culture, 24(6), 869-889.

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