A call for papers that may be of interest to water researchers. The conference is being co-organised by Hannah Boast, one of the organisers of Social Water.

Resources of Resistance: Production, Consumption, Transformation

The Biennial Postcolonial Studies Association (PSA) Postgraduate Conference

24-25 July 2014, University of York

CFP deadline: 1 March 2014

Keynote Speakers: Dr Anthony Carrigan (Leeds), Dr Sharae Deckard (UCD), Prof Jennifer Wenzel (Michigan)

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Combined Academic Publishers has kindly sent us some flyers for Social Water attendees with a discount code on some new water-related publications.

We’ll have flyers on the day, but you can also find the text and code below.

30% off ‘Social Water’ books from Combined Academic Publishers

Combined Academic Publishers represents American university presses in the UK, and we are pleased to offer delegates at the Social Water workshop a 30% discount on the following books:

Thinking With Water ed. Cecilia Chen, Janine McLeod, and Astrida Neimanis – was £27.99 now £19.59*

Fluid New York: Cosmopolitan Urbanism and the Green Imagination by May Joseph – was £16.99 now £11.89*

Water in the Middle East: A Geography of Peace by Hussein Amery and Aaron T. Wolf –  was £20.99 now £14.69*

Simply order on our website using the discount code CS1013WATE at checkout.

More information about these books will also be distributed on a special discount flyer at the workshop.

*Prices subject to change.

It was National Poetry Day (NPD) in the United Kingdom this week and this year’s theme was: water. Events around the country celebrated the connections between water and the poetic imagination, taking, inevitably, Coleridge’s famous line from ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ as a starting point: ‘water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink.’

Poet Alice Oswald and artist Chana Dubinski were commissioned to create a new ‘filmpoem’ on water, which you can watch above.

The event also included an exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall of the Museum of Water, a work by artist Amy Sharrocks which is ‘a collection of publicly donated water and accompanying stories, [and] an encouragement to consider the many ways in which we access and enjoy water’.

A Swedish nuclear power plant was forced to shut down this week when its pipes became clogged with jellyfish, the Guardian reports.

Nuclear power plants suck in large amounts of seawater to cool reactors, but sometimes this can lead to other inhabitants of the sea being drawn in as well.

The species in the Swedish case was only the common moon jellyfish, but it caused a serious problem.

Marine biologist Lene Moller commented that ‘there seems to be more and more of these extreme cases of blooming jellyfish’ (groups of jellyfish are known as ‘blooms’), but that it is difficult to make any confident conclusions given a lack of data.

Moller speculates that one cause of the increased problems with jellyfish at plants might be overfishing, given that jellyfish can flourish in waters that are inhospitable for other sea creatures.


A Call for Papers that may be of interest:

Session: Critical Approaches to Urban Water Governance

Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL, April 8 -12th – 2014

Organizers: Michael Finewood (Chatham University; finewood[at]gmail.com) and Ryan Holifield (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; holifiel[at]uwm.edu)

As urban regions grow and transform, water systems present a unique set of challenges to stakeholders. Municipalities often struggle to pay for and maintain aging infrastructure. Strictly engineered (grey infrastructure) approaches, which have historically dominated urban water systems, have come under increasing scrutiny.

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We’re very excited to announce that we now have a provisional programme for Social Water, which can be found on the new ‘Workshop‘ page.

We received such a high number of responses that we decided to run two sets of parallel panels during the day.

We think the range of topics and disciplines really shows the diversity and liveliness of water research today, and we’re grateful to all the presenters for their thoughtful and fascinating engagements with the Call for Papers.

Take a look at the programme on the Workshop page, or below:

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