Dhruv Raina – Rewriting the History of Science and Philosophy in Late Colonial India

The Fabric of Space: Matthew Gandy’s new book on water, modernity and the urban imagination

9780262028257This looks like a really interesting new title from MIT Press from Matthew Gandy. From the publisher’s website:

“Water lies at the intersection of landscape and infrastructure, crossing between visible and invisible domains of urban space, in the tanks and buckets of the global South and the vast subterranean technological networks of the global North. In this book, Matthew Gandy considers the cultural and material significance of water through the experiences of six cities: Paris, Berlin, Lagos, Mumbai, Los Angeles, and London. Tracing the evolving relationships among modernity, nature, and the urban imagination, from different vantage points and through different periods, Gandy uses water as a lens through which to observe both the ambiguities and the limits of nature as conventionally understood.

Gandy begins with the Parisian sewers of the nineteenth century, captured in the photographs of Nadar, and the reconstruction of subterranean Paris. He moves on to Weimar-era Berlin and its protection of public access to lakes for swimming, the culmination of efforts to reconnect the city with nature. He considers the threat of malaria in Lagos, where changing geopolitical circumstances led to large-scale swamp drainage in the 1940s. He shows how the dysfunctional water infrastructure of Mumbai offers a vivid expression of persistent social inequality in a postcolonial city. He explores the incongruous concrete landscapes of the Los Angeles River. Finally, Gandy uses the fictional scenario of a partially submerged London as the starting point for an investigation of the actual hydrological threats facing that city.”

Now you can track the re-municipalisation of water

Putting water back in the control of public utilities or organizations (remunicipalisation) can now be tracked online through a tool developed by the Water Justice Project. Here is the site.

How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful: Noam Chomsky & Glenn Greenwald

Videos from the 2014 Bioneers conference now up: Klein, McKibben & many more

The videos from the 2014 bioneers conference can be found on youtube here. Quite a number of interesting talks from Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, and the one below on Canadian Native Rights Movement from Clayton Thomas-Muller, who the Canadian government is actively monitoring.

Naomi Oreskes – Man as a geological agent: historical and normative perspectives on the #anthropocene

How to stop an oil and gas pipeline: The Unist’ot’en Camp Resistance

I had a chance to have dinner with several members of the Unist’ot’en Camp a couple of years ago, and here is a recent short piece on their activities.

Katherine Gibson: Take Back the Economy

Indigenous peoples, dams and resistance: special issue of Tipiti now available

Some very interesting papers in this special issue. Here is the blurb from the journal website:

We are pleased to publish this issue of the journal (vol. 12/2), which features the debut of “Contemporary Debates”, in which ideally, both sides of an issue in Amazonia are addressed through short essays. The first such “debate” discusses hydroelectric dams in Brazilian Amazonia and is edited and introduced by Dr. Simone Athayde. Another new category in this issue is a photo essay, featuring the work of Curt Nimuendajú on the Rio Negro. We encourage submissions in these new categories for future publications. An article on ecotourism in Ecuador and book reviews complete the issue.



Driving versus resisting forces in Anthropocene politics: Whitney Autin