Water and the Making of Place in North America is the 2016-2017 Graduate Student Conference, hosted by the Program in American Studies at Princeton University.
What does America look like from the water? Water shapes places: Its presence, absence, arrival, or departure all affect how people understand, use, alter, and depict the world around them. Our interactions with water include everything from the international to the intimate—from the water beneath ships to the water we drink.
We believe that increased attention to water could advance developing scholarship on environment, landscape, and place; on the ways water both defines and evades territorial borders; and on water’s changing status as a natural resource. This conference will explore water’s influence on place-making in North America’s history, present, and future.
The conference will take place on Friday, October 14, and Saturday, October 15, 2016, in Princeton’s McCormick Hall. The conference is free and open to the public; there is no advance registration.
For a full schedule, please visit https://princetonh20.wordpress.com/
The conference is co-sponsored by the Program in American Studies; the Center for Collaborative History; the Departments of English, Religion, Anthropology, and Art and Archaeology; the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities; the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities; the University Center for Human Values; the Canadian Studies Program; and the Princeton Environmental Institute.