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Workshop V: Produktion und Aufhebung von Unstetigkeit: Krisen deltaischer Lebenswelten im Kontext

13-15 January, 2021


The DELTA project is running its fifth and last workshop to discuss about the production and dealings with volatility in and beyond river deltas.

We are happy to announce our forthcoming workshop that will take place via Zoom (CET, GMT+1) from January 13th to 15th, 2021. After five years of researching delta life, we want to present and discuss some of our research findings. More specifically we shall be discussing different approaches – both empirical and theoretical – to volatility in deltas and other environments considered as being "in crisis", i.e. facing profound socio-material transformations.

For registration, please use this link: https://forms.gle/zV1PNUzBVqERfKC17

Registration deadline: January 5, 2021. If you are interested in participating; please note that places are limited, and available spots will be allocated according to when we receive inscriptions.

About the workshop:

For the inhabitants of river deltas, uncertain, rapid and often profound changes in land and water conditions are more the norm than the exception. Their lifeworlds are characterised by volatility. In recent years, global research and journalism have increasingly portrayed deltas as undergoing environmental and climatic crises. They describe phenomena like sea level rise, erosion and salinization using terms such as vulnerability, fragility and threat. But do the crises depicted by research and journalism reflect the volatilities experienced by delta inhabitants?

This workshop will explore different approaches to volatility in deltas and other environments described as being "in crisis". These discussions will contribute to thinking of volatility and change not as overarching conditions of life but as modes of transformation that are socially produced and negotiated. By analysing and comparing different contexts, discussions will provide an opportunity to reflect on the political nature of volatilities and their significance for those who experience them on a daily basis.

For further information and the final programme, please click here.