Elements of Border and Infrastructure: Water I

29 Sep 2021


Speakers: : Nikhil Anand, Michael Christopher Low, Ekin Kurtiç

The construction of water infrastructure is in essence a practice of bordering. Human efforts to channel the flow of water for the purpose of hydration, power, or agriculture are also simultaneously expressions of power, and demarcations of sociability, ideology, and idealized relations between humans and their lived environment. This panel seeks to bring together historical, anthropological, and technical perspectives on how our attempts to shape water’s flow in turn shapes the worlds we inhabit and study. The panel will ask its participants to consider the following: How have contemporary and historical efforts to contain and harness water shaped our understanding of the Middle East as a region? Do present day challenges of climate change stand to alter and disrupt our conceptions of the region? In what ways can we approach the globality of hydropolitics and water infrastructure differently from the perspective of the Middle East.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Sponsored By: 
New York University's Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies