Hydro Symposium: A Mellon Sawyer Seminar Symposium

Event Date: 

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 12:00am

Friday, February 15, 2019
10:00am - 4:00pm
Annenberg Room (SSMS 4315)


This symposium will engage with questions surrounding the social justice implications of hydro infrastructure and will feature the following speakers:
R. Lane Clark (Independent Filmmaker) and Stephan Miescher (Associate Professor of History, UCSB), who will discuss and screen an excerpt from their documentary GHANA'S ELECTRIC DREAMS (2017) on the social and environmental impacts of the Akosombo Dam, which Dr. Miescher will place within the context of the social history of nineteenth and twentieth-century Ghana.
Todd Darling (Independent Filmmaker, Media Dispatch Brigade), directorand producer of acclaimed feature documentary OCCUPY THE FARM (2014), will discuss and show excerpts from TWO RIVERS, a film about the Klamath and Missouri Rivers and Indigenous tribes’ defense of their water against outside industries.
Mishuana Goeman (Associate Professor of Gender Studies, UCLA) Tonawanda Band of Seneca, is author of MARK MY WORDS: NATIVE WOMEN (RE)MAPPING OUR NATION and Chair of the American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program UCLA. Her work involves thinking through colonialism, geography, and literature in ways that generate anti-colonial tools in the struggle for social justice.
Valerie Haensch (Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, LMU Munich), who does research at the intersection of visual and media anthropology, infrastructures/technology, and environmental politics/movements and is involved in a research project on dam-caused displacement in Sudan.
10:00am: Session 1: Valerie Haensch, R. Lane Clark, and Stephan Miescher ?
12:15pm: Lunch
1:15pm: Session 2: Nick Estes and Todd Darling
3:15pm: Closing Comments from Sawyer Seminar Grad Fellows