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Accueil > Colloques, journées d’étude > Projet ANR Terre-Eau

Discussions around two books on water and social science : a new interest or a paradigm shift ?

17 June 2014, 5.30 p.m.-7 p.m.


Bookshop Le comptoir des presses universitaires,
86, rue Claude Bernard
Paris 75005

Books discussed (in the presence of the scientific editors)


"Anthropologie et eau(x)", Journal des Anthropologues No.132-133, 2013

- Casciarri B, lecturer at Université Paris-8 Saint Denis
- and M. Van Aken, lecturer at Université de Milano-Bicocca (eds), 2013,

"Savoirs sur l’eau : techniques, pouvoirs", Autrepart No. 65, 2013

- Olivia Aubriot, researcher at CNRS, Centre for Himalayan Studies (CEH)
- and Jeanne Riaux, researcher at Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), (UMR G-Eau)

Avec :

- Alice INGOLD, historian, lecturer at École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS). Her research topices include : the political and social history of environmental resources, knowledge of territories and water, political models for exercising control over nature since the French Revolution.

- and Erik SWYNGEDOUW, professor of geography at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, and visiting scholar at the Centre d’Etudes Européennes (Sciences Po) from January to July 2014. His research topics include : urban governance, environmental policies, "political ecology", the hydro-social cycle.

In 2013, within the space of a few months, two special issues of social science journals dealt with the theme of water. How are we to explain this (new ?) interest in water in human and social sciences ? Beyond any "stories about water", these works raise the crucial question of the approaches that should be privileged today in addressing a society’s relationship to water and in analysing the social construct that water management represents.

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