Water Ecologies & Justice

Schools of Public Engagement: Milano

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Water Ecologies & Justice
Spring 2024
Taught By: Abigail Perez Aguilera
Section: A

CRN: 14792

Credits: 3

What is water injustice and justice? And how is water justice materialized and implemented? Through public policies and institutions? Through communal or global governance? Through direct environmental movement action or through litigation? What do sustainable water systems look like? What are the meanings of water bodies for frontline communities and for non-Western communities and how is this reflected (or not) in water governance, legislation and how policies are implemented? These among other questions will be covered in this class.\ We will center a critical study of water, including dynamics of oppression and resistance, exploitation and regeneration as we address a wide array of contentious issues like water governance, water grabs, marine pollution, and megaprojects of monumental modernity such as dam constructions, hydropower, agroindustrial irrigation, water diversion for mining and development, lake desiccation, among others. We will draw on an intersection of approaches from across disciplines (natural science, social science, critical humanities and policy and movement studies) and a diversity of epistemological and cultural domains.Critical and transformative perspectives will be the focus as we address water governance and conservation, privatization and deprivatization, water commons and uncommoning, Indigenous perspectives of water cosmologies and communal water governance, Afrocentric and Black cosmologies on water and its connections to activism and spirituality. We will also cover a critical analysis of science and technology perspectives on water distribution, urban planning, agricultural projects and water sovereignty as well as a critique and study of so-called sustainable and nature-based solutions relying on water resources. As part of the class we will also explore and create a dialogue on the different connections between water and policy including; the water-energy nexus, water-biodiversity nexus, water-food nexus as well as water racial and gender injustice related to water access, disaster relief and toxified water. The students in this class will be able to analyze water as part of constructed ecological systems mediated by colonialism, patriarchy and developmentalism and strategies of governance, sovereignty and communalism around water and the ecologies related to it.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Milano (MIL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:00pm EDT 7/12/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm
Building: Online Course
Room: 999
Date Range: 1/24/2024 - 5/8/2024
Days: Wednesday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 5/15/2024 - 5/15/2024