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Tapping the Turn - Water's Social Dimensions


You are warmly invited to attend Tapping the Turn, a conference on water’s social dimensions.

15 – 16 November 2012   Canberra, Australia

Early bird registration rates apply until Friday 31 August, 2012

In recent years, social scientists have imagined ‘social natures’ where the environment imbues, and is imbued by, human cultural activity.  This is in contrast to the idea of water as a scientific element, with a clear separation between the natural realm of water and the social contexts within which it is used, represented and controlled.  With its emphasis the separation between the natural and the social, modernity has robbed water of its history and geography, severed people’s connections with sources of a vital element and constrained our imaginative capacities to learn and ‘think with’ water.  ‘Social natures’ is one aspect of a revolution in the way people know and represent water.  There is a turn away from the presumed and established fundamental separation between the natural realm of water and the social contexts within which it is used, represented and controlled.

Tapping the Turn explores the nature of this revolution.


Dr Margreet Zwarteveen, Assistant Professor and Senior Researcher Irrigation and Water Management and Gender Studies Wageningen University, The Netherlands.


Dr Rohan D’Souza Assistant Professor Centre for Studies in Science Policy Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Ms Toni Meek Manager Community Engagement Yarra Valley Water Melbourne, Australia

Dr Jessica Weir Senior Research Fellow, Bushfire Co-operative Research Centre University of Canberra

Prof Julie Wilk Director Centre for Climate Policy Research, Linköping University Sweden

With more than 60 oral and poster presentations, 3 workshops and 1 book launch on offer over the 2 days, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and professionals interested in the social dimensions of water will be challenged and stimulated by the material presented.

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