Water, Philosophy & Politics

May 20, 2024 - May 21, 2024
Department of Philosophy, University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada
United States

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This workshop aims to bring together people working on topics related to the philosophy of water, with particular focus on topics in political philosophy (justice, rights, obligations, agency, etc) and water.

Water, Philosophy, & Politics Workshop

May 20-21, 2024

University of Nevada, Reno


Cara Nine – [email protected]

Paulina Ochoa Espejo – [email protected]

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Ed Dietlein – [email protected]


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Monday – May 20, 2024

9: 00-9:30 am Coffee and Welcome

9:30- 10:30 - ZOOM

Chris Armstrong, Univ of Southhampton

Justice and the Conservation of Marine Biodiversity

10:30- 11:30 - ZOOM

Sandra Raponi, Merrimack College

Water as a Human Right and a Common Good

11:30 – 11:45 Break

11:45 – 12:45

Keith Dromm, Louisiana Scholars' College at Northwestern State University

Water Conservation and Confucian Ethics

12:45 – 13:30 lunch

13:30 – 15:30 Sciency Panel

13:30 – 13:50 Kate Berry, Geography, UNR

                Obscuring water values: The work of metrics, indicators and accounting practices in water governance

13:50 – 14:10 Sudeep Chandra, Biology, Director of the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies, Director of the Global Water Center, UNR (Title TBD)

14:10 – 14:30 Kerri Jean Ormerod, Geography, UNR

Illuminating elimination and the production of potable water reuse

14:30 – 14:50 Sean McKenna, Hydrologic Sciences, Desert Research Institute (Title TBD)

14:50 – 15:30 Roundtable discussion

15:30 – 15:45 Break

15:45 – 16:45

Jude Galbraith, Texas A&M International

Desalination: moral hazard, techno-fix, or necessary for future water security?

16:45 – 17:45

Paulina Ochoa Espejo, Haverford/UVA

Water as Mediator: Plural Ontologies of Land and Pragmatism in Territorial Rights

Dinner by invitation only

Tuesday – May 21, 2024

9:00-9:30 am Coffee

9:30 – 10:30

Malin Graesse (UiStavanger) and Mads Nygaard Folkmann (U of Southern Denmark)

Liquid forms: Design as a means for sensing and conceptualizing water

10:30 – 11:30

Elise Brown, U of Western Ontario

Against Water Privatization

11:30 -11:45 Break

11:45 – 12:45

Colleen Murphy, U of Illinois-CU

Water, Fire, and the Ethics of Risk Management 

12:45 – 1:30 lunch

13:30 – 14:30

Adrian Walsh, University of New England

Water, Distributive Justice and Sufficientarianism

14:30 – 15:30

Colin Rowe, RIPPLE – KU Leuven

Water and multilevel government jurisdiction

15:30 – 16:00 Break

16:00 – 17:00

Margaret Moore, Queens

At what level should self-determination over shared resources occur?

Dinner by invitation only

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