Our lives are linked to land and water

Last weekend I was a guest at Brown University, Providence, appearing as a panelist at Jo Guldi’s Land & Water conference, a conclave of academics and activists with a mutual interest in the historical forces mediating our access to the environment and its resources. There should be more material to come at the link above, including session videos (which may well allow you to see what happens when yours truly decides to ditch his prepared remarks about five minutes before speaking, and freewheels off on a different angle entirely).

In the meantime, here are some links relating to things that came up along the way (or during the same period, at least), because linking stuff was what weblogs used to be all about, you know, and it was all fields round here when I started out, far as the eye could see, and if you tell young people that, well, they won’t believe you… [wanders off into distance, muttering to self]

  • Xenofeminism Manifesto (interesting, if a little reliant for my tastes on an overly flexible and/or hollow “nature” as absolute; not sure how much it adds to Haraway’s cyborg feminism, but then as a White Anglo Dude, I’m almost certainly not qualified to determine that definitively)
  • Research into medieval civic sanitation (by one Dolly Jørgensen; basic takeaway seems to be “medieval cities not as filthy as we’d like to think”, but there’s a lot to look at; Dr Jørgensen appears to be a science fiction enthusiast, also)
  • Acequia (vernacular community-management strategies for agricultural irrigation, supposedly descended from Spanish traditions and propagated from there to central and South America, where some aspects of the system still persist in a limited fashion in limited locations)
  • the Granger Laws (“… a series of laws passed in several midwestern states of the United States [… t]he main goal of the Grange was to regulate rising fare prices of railroad and grain elevator companies after the American Civil War”)

I’m toying with reviving my old link-dump practice, partly as a back-to-blogging-regular hack, partly as a way of keeping track of these damn things on a platform where I retain control. We’ll see how that works out… right now, deadlines are something of a priority, but I do love to procrastinate…

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