Waters, Science/Technology, and Ethical Futurisms: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Tracing Fresh Waters
Andrea Ballestero, Associate Professor of Anthropology, USC
When Octavia Butler (1947-2006) set her novel Parable of the Sower in SoCal of 2024, she called herself a "historo-futurist." Fresh water scarcity as she imagined it then and as it manifests now is a stark indicator of eco-social degradation, and so this lecture begins with the fresh water worlds of fiction writers from the arid US west; explores hydrosocial values, political economics, and scientific paradigms for fresh waters; and engages alternative futurisms and anti-colonial pathways drawn from speculative fiction writers, ecofeminist philosophers, and Indigenous water justice advocates.
This event is co-sponsored by the USC Dornsife Center on Science, Technology, and Public Life, the USC Wrigley Institute for Environment and Sustainability, and the Berggruen Institute.