February 21, 2019, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Stanford Humanites Center, Board Room (424 Santa Teresa Street, directions & map)
How does water participate in political, social and economic projects and in so doing trans/form them? How is water measured, managed, feared and worried over, and in the process constituted? How does it undermine or shore up profit-maximization, state-building, infrastructure and human rights regimes? How is water valued, by whom and to what ends? And what elisions and distinctions do these valuation regimes stand on? This conference will bring together Stanford affiliates and other scholars who work on these aspects to generate conversation on the ecology -- in its political, economic and social dimensions - of water in diverse socio-political locations.
9:00 am – 9:30 am Breakfast
Maira Hayat (Stanford University) “10 km of Responsibility: Corporate Water Stewardship and Adjudications of the Publicness of Water in Pakistan"
Ashley Carse (Vanderbilt University) “Anticipatory Repair: Environmental Mitigation and Aquatic Life in the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project”
Sarah Vaughn (University of California- Berkeley) “The Ordinary: Participatory Climate Adaptation and Floodscapes in Guyana”
Dilshanie Perera (Stanford University) “Uncertain Science: Weather Prediction as Atmospheric Governance in Bangladesh”
Andrea Ballestero (Rice University) “Surrendering to the Pull, Underground Water in Movement”
David Gilmartin (North Carolina State University) “Water and Sovereignty in the Indus Basin: Excursions into Energy, Big History and the Cosmos”
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm CONCLUDING DISCUSSION