ANTH168 - WATER & FUTURE URBAN

This course is an introductory research seminar designed to appeal to students with interests in urban studies and environmental studies across different disciplines. 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, 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? How is urban space is produced, magnified, divided and shrunk with water? This course is the first of a two-course sequence on urban waters and climate change, and is part of Rising Waters, a comparative research project in the Environmental Humanities. The course will feature field trips to Philadelphia and New York, as well as guest lectures by urban/ environmental experts. In the Spring of 2018, students successfully completing the course sequence will have the opportunity to apply to travel to Mumbai, India as part of a comparative and collaborative research project between students in Philadelphia and Mumbai.
Section 301 - SEM - TECHNIQUES OF FLOATING: WATER, UNCERTAINTY & THE FUTURE URBAN
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ANAND, NIKHIL