Thanks to Eric Perramond’s (Colorado College) initial ping, we have organized a three-part set of sessions for the next AAG Annual Meeting in Chicago. We have a fantastic line up of scholars –both early career, and those of us who are, well, not so early career– to push existing analytics in water governance to incorporate the question of time and time/space. Below is the précis, and I will post the participants and titles as they come rolling in. We have two full paper sessions and one session dedicated to debate and discussion. I am so grateful for the collegial response of our participants and discussants. To quote Eric, “Onward!”
Fast/Slow States: Time-Space, Technology, and Water Governance
Current research on water governance examines how nation-states and sub-national institutions map, quantify, and territorialize waters at various scales. Recent work in STS and political ecology interrogates the role of technology in both hard and soft path regimes of water governance. The sessions further this line of inquiry by engaging the larger question of how time, broadly speaking the time-space of the waterscape, comes into play. How do technologies, defined as system of practices, knowledge and devices, reconstitute the hydro-social cycle through the co-production of time. How do expertise, technology, and practices manipulate water resources as they flow simultaneously through space and time – how fast or slow water flows move, who controls the speed of flow, how does time redefine water itself, and what are the implications for water governance, access, and equity? How does state governance reflect or ignore time-space dimensions of water flow? We encourage papers that draw examples from the Global North and Global South because we argue that all forms of state-authorized governance depend on water expertise and technology in abetting the flow of water. Panelists will address the time-space of hydro-social relationships from the angles of environmental history, STS, political ecology, and critical legal frameworks, and highlight the implications.