An Ontology of Water and Land in North Bihar, India - SAC

When: Thursday, November 7, 2019 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Where: 341 Eggers hall


How do people who live in the midst of floods think about water? Informed by multidisciplinary long-term ethnographic fieldwork, this paper reveals how in North Bihar land and water are in intimate correspondence with each other. By virtue of comparison, the ethnographic encounter is held to defy other ontologies of water that see the two substances as in opposition. Since ontologies of natural substances are often “watertight”, mutually exclusive and unable to adapt, their encounter may result in semiotic conflict.

Sponsored by the South Asia Center, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. 

This talk is part of the Sustainable South Asia Initiative. It is co-sponsored by the Central New York Humanities Corridor from an award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  

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