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The Linearization of Landscapes: Patterns of Water, Terrain, and Life
Thu 18 June 2020, 2:00pm - 3:30pm at Online
Organised with the Institute of Advanced Studies as part of their 2019-20 'Water' theme, in this informal reading group Sonia Levy and Heather Swanson (Anthropologist, Aarhus University) will share some of the inspirations for their project on landscape modification and introduced species, and enter into discussion about some of their emerging ideas. In preparation for what is hoped will be a wide-ranging conversation at the crossroads of questions about industrial development, landscape change, the remaking of rivers, and feminist theory, we’d like to ask attendees to read the following two texts:
In preparation for a wide-ranging conversation which will touch on industrial development, landscape change, the remaking of rivers, and feminist theory, we’d like to ask attendees to read the following two texts:
Tsing, A., 2016. Earth stalked by man. The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology, 34(1), pp.2-16.
This journal article – which presents a feminist analysis of global ecological history – illustrates some of the theoretical approaches that we seek to incorporate into our work. [available here]
Da Cunha, D., 2019. The Invention of Rivers: Alexander's Eye and Ganga's Descent. University of Pennsylvania Press. Introduction and Chapter 2.
These chapters explicitly foregrounds rivers, their representation, and their straightening. We also hope it might lead us into discussions of form and genre.
This event is free but booking is required. Please do that here. Readings will be sent to participants after registering.