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H2O Life and Death: An interdisciplinary conference organised by the J. M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, University of Adelaide

H2O Life and Death: An interdisciplinary conference organised by the J. M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, University of Adelaide

H2O Life and Death 15 & 16 September, 2017 (Australia) Call for Submissions 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 pro...

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‘The Genesee Would Rebel’: the story of our attempts to tame a river and how it was saved.

‘The Genesee Would Rebel’: the story of our attempts to tame a river and how it was saved.

Dr Trevor Turpin ‘The Genesee would rebel’ was the prediction of Lyman P. Langworthy, the Rochester City Health Officer, in a note he placed in the cornerstone of the new Monroe County Court house in 1850.[1] Rochester lies at the mouth of the Genesee River as it enters Lake Ontario and had suffered serious floods since the 1780s. Finally, or so the citizens of the city thought, their improvements...

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‘The Genesee Would Rebel’: the story of our attempts to tame a river and how it was saved.

‘The Genesee Would Rebel’: the story of our attempts to tame a river and how it was saved.

Dr Trevor Turpin ‘The Genesee would rebel’ was the prediction of Lyman P. Langworthy, the Rochester City Health Officer, in a note he placed in the cornerstone of the new Monroe County Court house in 1850.[1] Rochester lies at the mouth of the Genesee River as it enters Lake Ontario and had suffered serious floods since the 1780s. Finally, or so the citizens of the city thought, their improvements...

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A Geneseo Diary

A Geneseo Diary

A Geneseo Diary by Trevor Turpin   May 31  New York to Rochester on the Maple Leaf from Penn Station NY. Met at Rochester Station by Becky Lewis (Assistant Provost, International Programs at SUNY) and transported to Geneseo, some 25 miles south. Check in at Big Tree Inn built in 1833 in Main Street, Geneseo, one of only 20 or so towns on the US Heritage list. Meet Carol Long, Interim President, SU...

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A tale of two cities

A tale of two cities

The theme of lost waters is a compelling one with students across the globe telling the tales of water lost and found in two cities, Montreal and London, the story of urbanisation, shifting social and political landscapes and  a changing ideas about the rightful place of nature in the city. The lost waterscape in Montreal One of the inspirations for lost waters as a theme came from a research proj...

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Water, water everywhere

Water, water everywhere

Our vision was that we would engage our students in the theme of lost waters via our respective disciplines, having the students ask how artists, writers, planners, and public history are grappling with water – one of the world’s greatest, and most threatened resources. Our strategy has been to develop our respective courses over the coming year, and link these courses, and our students, via...

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Reflections: Somerset Floods, One Year On

Reflections: Somerset Floods, One Year On

Social Sciences at Bath Spa have worked on a creative collaboration with London photographer Matilda Temperley to explore, through documentary photography and social research, the impact of widespread flooding in Somerset in 2014 on families and everyday life. They shared their stories of the disaster and their road to recovery. The exhibition, which was displayed at Bath Royal Literary and Scient...

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