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Watershed Ethnography and Catchmentwork
Khalil 'Avi' Betz-Heinemann (University of Kent)
Borders and Places
Monday 14 September, 14:30-16:00, 16:30-18:00

Short abstract:

Watersheds - and the catchment areas and drainage basins they demarcate - are socio-ecological artefacts, assemblages, and technologies. This panel explores ethnography and catchmentwork as techniques for analysing and contributing to the making and unmaking of watersheds.

Long abstract:

The aim of this panel is to explore how ethnography, whether as an existential research practice or a writing technique, contributes to catchmentwork. Both in the classic sense of ethnographies that explore the political ecologies, human geographies and histories of watersheds and in the transdisciplinary sense of being a part of the process of making watersheds. Where catchmentwork is a collective term referring to the amalgam of research and fieldwork that goes into shaping it as an artefact, assemblage, and technology. The objectives of this panel are to articulate the benefits, unique contributions and best practices of catchmentwork involving ethnography. The panel will run from 14:30 - 16:00 with Helge Peters from 14:30-15:00, Gaële Rouillé-Kielo 15:00-15:30 and Khalil Avi Betz-Heinemann from 15:30-16:00. Second session with Gary Seaman from 16:30 onward.