AAG 2015 Chicago – Session Updates

Fast/Slow States: Time-Space, Technology, and Water Governance

Here is our line-up of papers, discussants, and panelists for the AAG Annual Meeting in Chicago. The papers represent a full range of approaches to water governance and time-space across the globe. We have two paper sessions and a panel discussion.

Paper panel 1: Cecilia Roa (UBC), Jessica Barnes (South Carolina), Jessica Budds (East Anglia, Chair); Trevor Birkenholtz (Illinois), and Wendy Jepson (TAMU, Discussant)

Paper panel 2: Emma Norman (Northwest Tribal College), Adam Mandelman(UW-Madison), Wendy Jepson (TAMU) , Eric Perramond (Colorado College), and Tom Perreault (Syracuse, Discussant)

Panel session: Wendy Jepson (TAMU), Rebecca Lave (Indiana), Katie Meehan (Oregon), Kathryn Furlong (Montreal), Eric Perramond (Colorado College)

Session Abstract. 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.