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From the Tap to the Bottle - understanding the rise of bottled water

Lecture by Professor Gay Hawkins, Deputy Director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, The University of Queensland

Bottled water is now the fastest growing market in the global beverage industry. This lecture explores the causes behind the phenomenal increase in bottled water consumption over the last thirty years. How is it that bottles now seem to be everywhere and people are constantly sipping? What does this new form of drinking mean for the future of the tap? 


Thursday 14 April, 5.30-6.30pm

Social Sciences and Humanities Library Conference Room

Level 1 Duhig Building (Bldg 2) St Lucia Campus [See Map]


About the Presenter:

Professor Gay Hawkins is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, UQ. She researches in two key areas: ecological humanities, materiality and biopolitics, and the relations between government, media and everyday life. She has published widely on the institutional, political and theoretical implications of these areas. She brings to this research an innovative interdisciplinary approach that is concerned with the intersections between cultural and material practices and forms of rule. Her most recent books are The Ethics of Waste: how we relate to rubbish (2006) and, co-authored with Ien Ang and Lamia Dabboussy, The SBS Story: the challenge of cultural diversity (2008).

This lecture will be chaired by Professor Graeme Turner, Director, CCCS, UQ.  Members of the public are invited to attend this free lecture, after which light refreshments will be served.


Getting there

Public transport: 

Parking vouchers for the UQ multi-level parking building [see map] at the St Lucia Campus are available to assist members of the community who attend this free public lecture. The vouchers, which waive the parking fees for the multi-story parking building, are only available for collection from Centre staff at the event.  


Further information

Rebecca Ralph - ph. 3346 7407 or email





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