While the concept of sustainability has its roots in the natural sciences, it has become evident that sustainability is as much about social and cultural values as it is about biophysical relationships. To inspire this notion, the internationally recognised scientist and activist prof. Adrian Parr has been invited to share her views on the global water challenge and how to use water data in a more humanised context. Dr. Parr is Professor and Director of the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center at the University of Cincinnati, and UNESCO Water Chair.
Time: 16-19hrs (doors open at 15.30hrs)
- Welcome by Prof. Maarten Hajer
- Introduction by Prof. Rosi Braidotti
- Film & discussion by Prof. Adrian Parr
Hosted by Prof. Rosi Braidotti, Dr. Rick Dolphijn and Prof. Maarten Hajer.
Supported by the faculty of Humanities, the research focus area Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights, the Urban Futures Studio and Pathways to Sustainability.
The Intimate Realities of Water Project
Documentary by UC professors follows everyday lives in Africa's largest urban slum and may help shape policy in Nairobi
Water statistics highlight the scope and magnitude of the global water challenge. What they don’t illustrate is how water scarcity, contamination, rising sea levels, and changes to the hydrological cycle affect everyday life on the ground. They also don’t expose the politics of water access, the failed experiments in water management, nor the social and cultural hurdles that impede the success and equitable distribution of water development projects. How we use and interpret water data can foster and enhance important social, cultural, economic, and political changes. The success of water projects designed to address the world’s growing water challenges depends upon culturally appropriate solutions that are alert to political obstacles, attentive of social biases, and responsive to economic inequities. In order to achieve this, it is important to humanize and contextualize water data. Exploring more creative ways to use water data is central to achieving these goals. The Intimate Realities of Water Project is a transdisciplinary public humanities project that combines storytelling, the moving image and sound, oral history, and philosophical reflection to humanize and contextualize water data.