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AN Call for Proposals: Anthropology of Water

In 2005, the coordinator of UNESCO’s Network of Water Anthropology called for an increase in studies of how various peoples think about and use water, as necessary to develop more sustainable forms of water management. Anthropologists have responded by expanding research and education in this vital area, and participating in important interdisciplinary conversations with environmental scientists, geographers, political scientists, human rights activists and others.

It is within this framework that Anthropology News seeks contributions for our January 2010 thematic issue on the anthropology of water—to highlight ongoing conversations about communities’ changing relationships with and around water, across time and place. Such work is crucial not only to assess the implications of floods, droughts and water rights conflicts today, but also the ways in which water has always—and everywhere—been a mediated resource. Proposed articles may address a variety of issues related to this theme, including (but not limited to):

  • Formal and informal water management practices
  • Sociocultural, political and institutional aspects of water governance
  • Perceptions of and values attributed to water
  • Belief and value systems informing water use
  • Local water toponomy and cosmology
  • Water access and power relationships
  • Water safety and public health
  • Climate change and population displacement
  • Water-related technologies
  • Fishing and agricultural industries
  • Marine archaeology

To participate, email a 300-word abstract and 50-100-word biosketch to editor Dinah Winnick by September 21. Photo essay proposals are also welcome. Selected authors will be asked to submit commentaries of 1000-1400 words or shorter pieces for other article types.

Article proposal submission deadline: September 21, 2009


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