Race, Class, and Watershed Politics in the City I: Urban Flows of Water, Affect, and Power

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Studio 7, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Richard Milligan, Emanuela Guano, Katherine Hankins
Chairs: Richard Milligan


These sessions address the politics of urban water with a particular focus on how communities struggling against injustice cultivate relations with watersheds in their responses and resistance to environmental racism, socio-ecological segregation, gentrification, and neoliberal development. How do communities entangled with particular watersheds navigate relations of power and capital in cities? What are the relations of affect and power that structure and situate assemblages of people, surface waters, and urban space? Research on social vulnerability, political ecology, environmental justice, and water governance has highlighted the intensity and diversity of relationships between urban communities and the waters they live with. This special session presents interdisciplinary scholarship on the way that race, class, segregation, and inequality are performed and contested in the hydrosocial relations of the city. While work focusing on water infrastructure and access to safe drinking water may be included, we are particularly keen to highlight scholarship that looks at the relation between urban communities or neighborhoods and their surface waters. Seeking to extend and facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue among geography, anthropology, cultural studies, urban studies, physical science, and policy studies, this panel addresses the challenges that urban neighborhoods encounter as they struggle against social and environmental inequities in relation to the flow of water through their rivers, creeks, swamps, bays, and estuaries.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Marilynne Diggs-Thompson*, University of Pennsylvania, Displacement, Gentrification and Unsustainable Development in Philadelphia:A Portrait of Water-Induced Marginalization and Economic Precarity 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Elana Zilberg*, UCSD, Rethinking Urban Borders and Boundaries through the Los Angeles River Revitalization Movement 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Nadia Gaber*, UCSF, Black and Blue Infrastructure: Tensions in Detroit's Hydrologic Redevelopment 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Emanuela Guano*, Georgia State University, The River that is Born of the Sky: Landscape, Heritage, and the Resistance to Redevelopment in a Postindustrial Periphery 20 9:00 AM
Discussant Stephanie Kane Indiana University 20 9:20 AM

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