june 2018

22jun09:4511:15Panel: Mediating Water: Gender, Genre, Generation09:45 - 11:15 E: Ship Studio

Event Details

Speaker 1: Joanne Garde-Hansen on ‘Women in Drought and Flood: 1976 and 2007’
Speaker 2: Michael Wilson on ‘Performing Water Stories: The River is a Snake’
Speaker 3: Lindsey McEwen on ‘Flood Archives: Sustaining a Watery Sense of Place’

This panel will draw together three key researchers of flood and drought research who all explore watery and dry senses of place from the perspective of the ephemerality of nostalgia, memory, story, narrative and performance. Very much aware of the science of water, together this panel considers how to communicate water scarcity, deluge, riparian identity, flood, tempest and water resilience from an arts and humanities perspective, drawing on historical media archives and mediated memories as well as media performances in the present. Much research on water neglects to consider the flood-drought continuum, the role of popular media and the tensions between cultural, collective and personal memory in how water becomes a form of heritage. We will engage the audience through visual stimuli (videos, photos, artefacts) as well as empirical evidence from the RCUK projects we have worked on and are currently working on.



Joanne Garde-Hansen is Reader in Culture, Media and Communication and Director of the Centre for Cultural & Media Policy Studies, at the University of Warwick. Her main interests are in two strands of research and publication: media and memory studies and water and media communication. She has been a principal investigator and a co-investigator on several RCUK and Brazilian funded projects on flood, drought, water management and security from a media and cultural studies perspective. Joanne has published widely in media, communication and memory studies, as well as cultural geography and flood risk management. She is currently writing a monograph for IB Tauris entitled Mediating Water: Communication, Culture and Perception.

Michael Wilson is Professor of Drama and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Arts, English and Drama at Loughborough University. His main research interests lie broadly within the field of popular and vernacular performance and over the past ten years he has led numerous RCUK and EU-funded projects that explore the application of storytelling to a variety of social and policy contexts, especially around environmental policy, health and social justice. He has been a member of the Advisory Boards for the Digital Economy Programme (RCUK, led by EPSRC), Connected Communities (AHRC) and Digital Transformations (AHRC). He is also Chair of the Arts and Humanities Panel for the British Council’s Newton Fund programme.

Lindsey McEwen is Professor of Environmental Management and Director of the Centre for Floods, Communities and Resilience (CFCR), University of the West of England, Bristol (www.uwe.ac.uk/research/cfcr). She researches in flood/drought risk management, water risk knowledges and community-based learning. Lindsey led the ESRC funded Sustainable Flood Memories project which researched creative, mediated and archival methods used by communities prone to environmental crises to share local knowledge and promote resilience.  She is co-investigator within the AHRC Towards Hydrocitizenship project which is exploring the concept, process and practice of citizenship through a water lens. Lindsey is currently leading the NERC DRY project (Drought Risk and You), which is evaluating how science-narrative and scenario-ing approaches can be used in developing an evidence-base to support UK drought risk decision-making.



(Friday) 09:45 - 11:15


E: Ship Studio

Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL