Race, Class, and Watershed Politics in the City III: 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: 2:00 PM / 3:40 PM (MDT)
Room: Studio 7, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Richard Milligan, Emanuela Guano, Katherine Hankins
Chairs: Katherine Hankins


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 Summer Gray*, University of California, Santa Barbara, The Never-Ending Seawall: Negotiating Coastal Vulnerability in Guyana and the Maldives 20 2:00 PM
Presenter Erin Goodling*, , “Please, you have to take care of the rivers”: Motivating factors for inter-racial grassroots activism in a Portland, Oregon USA watershed 20 2:20 PM
Presenter Tamara Spikes*, Georgia State University, Urban Flooding and Marginalized Communities in Atlanta: A Case Study of Communities Working Against Environmental Injustice 20 2:40 PM
Discussant Dean Hardy National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, University of Maryland 20 3:00 PM

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