The increasingly unsettled hydrological dynamics of the earth call us to attend to the shifting relations between the different ‘bodies of water’ (Neimanis 2017) that constitute it. Amid a deepening environmental crisis, approaching water as a detached entity and resource is becoming ever more problematic. Poignantly, the volatility of our watery worlds invites us to attune to the constant ‘leakage’ between watery bodies. Whilst differentiated, water seems to ‘lace’ our most basic bodily functions into the realm of planetary processes as it courses between the fissures of the planet and the cells of organic beings in an increasingly unpredictable and toxic drift. Being thus intimately muddled in the ethics and bodily politics of environmental devastation and injustice, water is the stuff of trans-corporeal posthumanism, of ‘hydrofeminism’ (Neimanis 2012).
This session addresses material, philosophical, scientific and creative ways of approaching a range of contested watery ‘bodies’, from intercellular fluids to fluvial systems. How might the politics and ethics of being as, and amid, bodies of water be differently and meaningfully theorized and experienced (Alaimo 2016; Yaka 2017)? What sorts of watery spaces, temporalities and processes can be glimpsed through academic modes of enquiry, as well as those open to creativity and experimentation?
|Presenter||Alysse Kushinski*, York University, Bridging, Leaking||20||1:10 PM|
|Presenter||Luke Whaley*, The University of Sheffield, Embodied water flows: creating and following paths of least resistance||20||1:30 PM|
|Presenter||Jeff Rose*, University of Utah, Sarah Hinners, Center for Ecological Planning and Design, Keunhyun Park, Utah State University, Unsheltered homelessness and urban hydrosocial relations: Embodied political ecologies of two Salt Lake City riparian corridors||20||1:50 PM|
|Presenter||Sophie Lewis*, , Amniotechnics||20||2:10 PM|
|Discussant||Deborah Dixon University of Glasgow||20||2:30 PM|
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