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Coetzee Centre's Hero ImageAn interdisciplinary conference around the theme of WATER organised by the J. M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, University of Adelaide.

14-16 September, 2017.

Waters are contested entities that are currently at the centre of most scientific discussions about sustainability. Discourse around water management underlines both the serious absence and devastating overabundance of water: rising sea levels compete against desertification; hurricanes and floods follow periods of prolonged drought.

As we increasingly pollute, canalise and desalinate waters, the ambiguous nature of our relationship with these entities becomes visible. From the paradisiac and pristine scenery of holiday postcards through to the devastated landscapes of post-tsunami news reports, images of waters surround us. And while we continue to damage what most sustains us, collective precarity grows. It is therefore unsurprising that shifting our understanding, and subsequent use, of water has been described as one of the biggest—and most pressing—challenges of our time.

This conference aims to question and potentially re-imagine our cultural construction and representation of waters by asking: how can we explore and re-make what waters mean to us?

We are interested in examining water as a simultaneously scientific and symbolic, material and imaginary, practical and aesthetic medium within lived communities. This conference has a large number of collaborative and transdisciplinary contributions, both critical and artistic.

For more details (including sessions): https://www.adelaide.edu.au/jmcoetzeecentre/calendar2017/h2oconference/

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