The social life of rivers

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Jackson, Marriott, 5th Floor
Organizers: Jamie Linton
Chairs: Jessica Budds


The Social Life of Rivers

The anthropologist Tim Ingold distinguishes between two basic ways of perceiving the environment: as an object observed from beyond or from the outside, and as a lifeworld experienced from within. The former underpins most environmental science, which is constructed upon the study of the environment as a class of objective phenomena that, while people may influence them, are investigated as if they occurred with or without the presence of people. As Ingold writes, “It appears that the world as it really exists can only be witnessed by leaving it, and indeed much scientific energy and resources have been devoted to turning such an imaginative flight into achieved actuality.” (2000: 211) This session turns on two main objectives: First, we aim to explore this distinction as it is played out (including in various forms of conflict that ensue) between those who perceive the river as object and those who perceive it as lifeworld. Second, we seek to better understand and account for the latter approach to perceiving and accounting for rivers -- as elements of the lifeworlds of people who engage with them in a variety of ways ranging from the physical and cultural to the political. The totality of these engagements we identify as the social life of the river, which is manifested in a wide variety of activities and products of socio-fluvial interaction, and which inevitably gives rise to various forms of conflict.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter EMILIE CREMIN*, University Paris 8 Saint-Denis LADYSS UMR 7533 CNRS, James Linton, University of Limoges GEOLAB UMR 6042 CNRS, Natacha Jacquin, University of Limoges GEOLAB UMR 6042 CNRS, Expressions of attachment to the river: Exploring the links between the Dordogne River and its inhabitants 20 3:20 PM
Presenter Alexis Metzger*, , Reflections on rivers and people in Dutch paintings of the seventeenth century 20 3:40 PM
Presenter Jacques-Aristide PERRIN*, University of Limoges (France), Producing the social-natural river : Promoting ecological continuity in France 20 4:00 PM
Presenter BERTRAND MORANDI*, , Jamie Linton, Université de Limoges, Natacha Jacquin, Université de Limoges, Defining Living Rivers through Indicators of Socio-Fluvial Interactions 20 4:20 PM
Discussant Laurent Lespez University of Paris East Creteil 20 4:40 PM

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