ANTH338 - WATER & FUTURE URBAN

Cities have long been made through colonial and modernist efforts to tame the unruly relations between land and water. In port cities as diverse as Philadelphia and Mumbai, engineers drained wetlands and built river embankments and sea walls to keep waters at bay. These projects made urban life possible, but they also produced raced and classed geographies of inequality in the city. Today, as climate scientists project a future unlike times past, the increased propensity for severe storm surges has unsettled these historic relations between land, water and society in cities. Climate change promises to exacerbate social inequalities and further squeeze non-human natures. In these times, how might we make space for social justice and non-human natures in and along rising urban waters, and how can we in our seminar understand how urban space is produced, magnified, divided and shrunk with water? This course is the first of a two-course sequence that is part of a comparative research project in the Environmental Humanities, Rising Waters. Through course materials and original research, the project explores the futures of river and coastal cities in a time where the lines between land and water are muddied all around us. Course materials and guest lectures will focus on city specific case studies on the histories and futures of water in the city. Assignments required for the course include an original book review, and a research paper based on primary sources. In the Spring of 2018, students successfully completing the courses will have the opportunity to apply to participate a year-long comparative research project between Philadelphia and Mumbai.
Section 301 - SEM - TECHNIQUES OF FLOATING: WATER AND THE FUTURE URBAN
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ANAND, NIKHIL