Peter Soppelsa: Nature & Technology in Paris' Waterscape, 1870-1914

Event Date

Wed, 03/02/2016 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm

Venue

Room Number

Blount Auditorium

Contact

Patricia Fox

Phone

(901) 843-3662

How do nature and technology shape where water flows?  How do they affect who has access to it? Using Paris as a case-study, Soppelsa examines the city's "waterscape" to investigate the place of water in society during a period where how Parisians used their water changed dramatically and became highly politicized.  He raises fundamental questions about how humans and non-humans make ecological change.  Soppelsa's talk resonates with today's debates on "water wars," water infrastructure, and water pollution.