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Papers sought for social water conference

Papers are sought for Tapping the Turn, an international conference on water’s social dimensions.

Inspired by a growing interest in more effectively combining scientific and humanities and social sciences research, the conference will be held at the Australian National University, Canberra on 15 to 16 November 2012. It offers water researchers an opportunity to present their work in an international forum on social and cultural water research.

Conference conveners The Household Water Researchers Network seek papers that highlight the links between the natural, physical and technical aspects of water, and its social roles and cultural meanings.Submissions are particularly welcomed that address the following themes:

  • Living with Water – City, country, farm, home, body, spirit
  • Household water use; rural and remote issues; cultural meanings and spiritual values of water; water and well-being.
  • Water Geographies, Histories and Futures – Tracing, writing, mapping, modelling
  • Water heritage; integrated and participatory water planning; site-specific water management.
  • Water Security and Insecurity – The hydropolitics of fear
  • Social aspects of water sustainability; demand management planning; predictability, unpredictability and complexity.
  • Water Genders, Cultures, Politics – Water governance inside and outside the home.
  • Different cultural meanings; gendered water use; masculinity, femininity, water governance.

Abstract submissions are due on Friday, 24 February. For more details on submission requirements click here: TappingtheTurnAbstracts or to learn more about the conference visit


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