Worlds at Waste: The Crisis of Water in the Subcontinent

General Programming, Climate Series

April 7, 2023 Friday, 10:30am–4:30pm EDT Buell Hall, Maison Française, Columbia University
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Center for Science and Society
  • Center for the Study of Muslim Societies
  • Committee on Global Thought
  • Department of History
  • Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.
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This day-long workshop focuses on the recent climate events that have caused massive displacement in southern Pakistan, southwest India, and Bangladesh. It brings scientists and social scientists together to look through the lens of historical pasts, politics, and embedded presents. Devastation and displacement from water caused by the climate crisis are and will remain a recurring, returning, and pervasive phenomenon in the global south. This approach intends to shift away from the focus on modeling catastrophic futures, the periodization of eras, and mapping the implications of climate change that prevail in current dialogues on climate change. Rather, the workshop guides towards a conversation that foregrounds human and environmental vulnerability in non-Western, transnational spaces with Indigenous and historical means of resilience. The intention is to continue this series with a focus on Air and Land in the following academic year.

Image Credit: Laiba Raja