Race, Class, and Watershed Politics in the City II: 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: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Studio 7, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Richard Milligan, Emanuela Guano, Katherine Hankins
Chairs: Emanuela Guano


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 Joshua Mullenite*, Wagner College, “A Mild Despotism of Sugar”: Race, Labor, and Water Management in Coastal British Guiana 20 10:00 AM
Presenter Kathleen Kambic*, University of New Mexico, Urban water in the West: governance issues in Albuquerque, NM 20 10:20 AM
Presenter Tyler McCreary*, Florida State University, Uneven Municipal Infrastructure Development in a Northern British Columbia Resource Town 20 10:40 AM
Presenter Glenna Anton*, University of California, The water histories of the present conjuncture in Jisr al Zarqa, Israel 20 11:00 AM
Discussant Emma Norman Northwest Indian College 20 11:20 AM

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