A research platform
devoted to water
Here you may find a range of resources reflecting the myriad aspects of performing and politicizing water, from theoretical and practical perspectives to activism and performance art.
We also propose a series of webinars designed to bring scholars, activists, and artists together in exploring how water shapes our politics and our thinking practices.
We invite you
to join our endeavor by making us aware of any additional resources we have yet to post to the platform.
If you would like to contribute teaching materials or
help us expand into additional disciplinary fields, please send us a message.
The ethical questions raised by water – its availability, its pollution, its infrastructural dimension for globalized trade – highlight that water is more than a metaphor of thinking practices. It is a site of deep contention and political crisis, as currencies and currents, ecology and economy flow together or collide.
By exploring water as metaphor, water as infrastructure, and water as basic element, this site will reflect critically on the function and circulation of this unique medium in various cultures, examining its force in fostering collective imaginaries.
By following the stream of thought water traces through mythology, immigration, ecology, new media, and other fields, we will discover how water offers a way to reflect on the vulnerability and improbable resiliency of the Anthropocene in a way that combines performativity and critical thinking.