The Political and Cultural Economies of Water in the 21st Century
"We'll never know the worth of water till the well go dry." -- 18th century Scottish proverb
Posted: March 19, 2008
We live in an era when environmental degradation and climate change make headlines in the evening news. Policymakers, scientists, and environmentalists clash over ways to preserve dwindling resources. International organizations have declared access to clean water a basic human right even though in many parts of the world it is barely a pipe dream.
We are not the first generation to worry about access to an ample supply of water. Some theorize that civilization itself began when nomadic populations were forced to settle permanently near reliable sources of water. But the issues today are more acute and more pressing than at any point in history.
Join us for a two-day conference featuring local, national, and international experts to discuss the cultural and political economies of water in the 21st century. From the Andes and Himalayas, to the oases of Egypt, the wilds of Siberia, and back to Barton Springs in Austin, we'll explore issues related to water in material and aesthetic production, conflict over water, conservation and resource management, and the issues of water as a human right.