This March as part of the ESRC’s festival of Social Science, the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) is running a series of outreach events investigating the connections between water, conservation and community. The events are open to anyone, regardless of previous background or knowledge of anthropology. From 16th-18th March a series of film screenings entitled Water Cultures: Discovering the meaning of water through film will be held at the RAI’s screening room in London. The screenings will be followed by our main event ‘The Meaning of Water’ held on the 20th March on the HMS boat on the River Thames.
Details of the events can be found below.
The events are free but booking is required.
For more information and to book your free place visit:
or contact Nafisa Fera,
The Royal Anthropological Institute’s Education Officer at
phone: 020 7387 0455.
WATER CULTURES: DISCOVERING THE MEANING OF WATER THROUGH FILM
16th-18th March 2010 , 6.30 pm, upstairs at the RAI
TUESDAY 16th MARCH 2010, 6:30 pm,
screening followed by Q&A with André Singer
THE WATER GODDESS AND THE COMPUTER.
A film by André Singer and Stephen
Lansing, 52 minutes, 1989.
WEDNESDAY 17th March, 6:30pm,
screening followed by Q&A with Hugh Brody
A Film by Franny Armstrong, 72 mins, 2002
THURSDAY 18th March
6:30pm screening followed by Q&A with Joshka Wessel
A film by Joshka Wessel, 52 mins, 2003
THE MEANING OF WATER A FREE event focusing on the connections between water,
conservation and community
SATURDAY 20th March 2010, 10am – 4.15pm, at the HMS President Boat, Victoria Embankment.
The Meaning of Water event aims to raise public awareness of research and development projects undertaken by anthropologists, social scientists and NGOs, in the UK and abroad. Through presentations, films and exhibitions, the event explores two main themes: 1) access, advocacy and fresh water management; and 2) sustainability and livelihoods. The event addresses questions such as: how are communities finding local solutions to water scarcity? In what ways can we decrease our water footprint? What are the repercussions of water being treated as a commodity rather than as common right? We hope that through this event participants will better understand our local and global interdependent relationship to water and foster collaboration between associated groups of individuals.
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