Panel 3: Dangerous Waters

11:00am, Saturday, October 15, 2016

Respondent: Alan C. Braddock, Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and Humanities, Princeton Environmental Institute and Dept. of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University; Ralph H. Wark Associate Professor of Art History & American Studies, William & Mary University

Grace Carey, “Flint: Where Even the Water Burns” (Anthopology, Princeton University)

This prose-essay will attempt to capture the amorphous understandings of self and place as is emerging in Flint, Michigan out of the Flint Water Crisis. Through the Crisis, water and the materiality of the place that is borne with it have come to redefine embodiment, placemaking, and dreaming producing unclear geographies of who, what, and where is Flint.

Marnie Riddle, “Landscape Scale, Local Sensibilities, and Cooperative Federalism in the History of Clean-Water Regulation” (Environmental Studies, University of California at Santa Cruz)

The Clean Water Act divided responsibilities for controlling water pollution between the federal government (point sources) and the states (nonpoint sources). The activities that pollute water occur at human scales and landscape scales, and regulation of these activities must occur at the corresponding scales and in the corresponding places. Effectively coordinating water quality protection across a range of landscapes requires an acute consciousness of place and scale, and a willingness to recognize differences between places. The division of authority between levels of government may mirror the different scales at which water pollution occurs.

Shreya Subramani, “New Orleans’s Gentilly Resilience District” (Anthopology, Princeton University)

Under the rubric of resilience, the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan is being implemented in the neighborhood of Gentilly. This pilot “resilience district,” a municipal initiative, attempts to reintegrate water into the city through introducing more flexible material infrastructure and through encouraging community inhabitance of the New Orleans waterscape. This paper explores how the mobilization of citizen vigilance operates under the logics of risk and resilience. How does the concept of a resilient subject emerge from the relationships between citizens and water in the city?