Muddy Waters: Reimagining Futures in Wet Asia
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts Van Pelt Library 3420 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
The Wolf Humanities Center presents their 2023-2024 Forum on Revolution.
Today, anthropogenic climate change — cyclones, floods, and storm surges permeate and punctuate the regularity of everyday life in much of South and Southeast Asia. The catastrophic harms that are visited by these events are neither linear nor are they evenly distributed, but are a result of historic projects to manage, tame and regulate waters with the land-centric imaginaries of colonial and postcolonial states. Rather than approach questions of design and history with dry ground at the center, the panelists in this session think about the kinds of futures and histories that might be made thinking in and from the waterscapes (oceans, rivers and littoral regions) in which they have long worked.
Presented in collaboration with the South Asia Center and is co-sponsored by the EnviroLab and the Environmental Innovations Initiative.
Nikhil Anand, Daniel Braun Silvers and Robert Peter Silvers Family Presidential Professor of Anthropology
Prasenjit Duara, Oscar Tang Professor of East Asian Studies, Duke University
Maira Hayat, Assistant Professor of Environment and Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
Marvi Mazhar, Architect and researcher
The Dr. S.T. Lee Distinguished Lecture Series in the Humanities brings to the Wolf Humanities Center scholars and artists whose work has advanced our understanding of issues central to the humanities. The series is named for Seng Tee Lee, a business executive and noted philanthropist. Dr. Lee was director of the Lee Group of Companies in Singapore and of the Lee Foundation.