The Centre for Civil Society based within the School of Built Environment and Development Studies invites you to the seminar Water, Life and Politics in Durban by Sofie Hellberg.

Date: Tuesday 10 March 2015
Time: 09h00 – 11h00
Venue: CCS Seminar Room 602, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College

Topic:
There are numerous studies of water governance in Durban, but few with a biopolitical orientation. The municipality’s techniques of targeting certain types of populations as appropriate for particular technological solutions require different kinds of agency in order for users to safeguard access to water. This reading of people’s water stories suggests that Durban hydropolitics consolidates the disconnectedness of the different lives that are lived in Durban’s communities. Ultimately, such a biopolitical reading of the water users’ narratives illustrates how water performs a function in constituting both life and lifestyles and that an implementation of the right to basic water can work so as to produce, or further entrench, distinctions between different forms of life.

Speaker: Sofie Hellberg, a long-standing CCS visiting scholar, recently completed her doctorate at the University of Gothenburg’s School of Global Studies unit on Peace and Development Research.

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