Events in UCIS

Tuesday, September 29 until Friday, October 2

11:00 am Workshop
Water Infrastructure and Regional Governance
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Urban Studies Program, Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory, Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT) and Regional Studies Association (UK)
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Water Infrastructure and Regional Governance, September 29 - October 2, 2020

The Regional Studies Association’s Research Network on Infrastructural Regionalism (NOIR) is convening three online (Zoom) workshops to showcase empirical and conceptual research at the intersection of water governance, infrastructure, and regionalism. Water infrastructure performs a vital role in making and remaking regions. Watersheds and reservoirs, pipelines and ports, and storm water management and climate change mitigation represent complex political, economic, and environmental challenges. They are essential, if often black-boxed infrastructures that define how regional space is constructed, territorialized, and experienced. As critical urban infrastructures and contested political objects, water systems are fundamental to conversations about sustainability and economic development trajectories for communities across the global South and global North.

We are now accepting registrations for the NOIR Workshops on Water Infrastructure and Regional Governance. This event will assess how water infrastructure shapes formal and informal regional spaces, communities, and governance dynamics and explores how these shape how water infrastructure is developed. We are hosting four public panels that present research on what water infrastructure reveals about the politics and governance of metropolitan regions.


TUESDAY, September 29 | 11am - 1pm ET
Water Infrastructure and Regional Governance in and beyond Western Pennsylvania

11 - 11:10am | University of Pittsburgh/CONNECT Welcome
CONNECT Executive Director Lydia Morin

11:10 - 11:20am | Regional Studies Association Welcome, Keynote Introductions
Michael Glass, University of Pittsburgh

11:20 - 11:50am | Keynote 1: Infrastructures of Inequality
Leila Harris, University of British Columbia

11:50am - 12:20pm | Keynote 2: Thinking Regionally, Acting Strategically: New Approaches to Governing Regional Water Infrastructures
Andy Karvonen, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

12:20 - 12:35pm | Discussant Response
Dan Bain, Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory

12:35pm - 1pm | Moderated Audience Q&A

WEDNESDAY, September 30 | 11am - 12pm ET
RESEARCH PANEL 1: Decision-Making and Engagement in Water Governance
MODERATOR: Jen Nelles; Q&A: JP Addie

Regional infrastructures are often taken for granted by the public, with the consequence that infrastructural management and planning is surrendered to experts and institutions that may not be representative of the region overall. By tracing the lines of authority and influence that shape city-region infrastructures, we hope to reveal opportunities for greater engagement of more diverse publics in the deliberations over infrastructural futures.

Anne Taufen, Lisa Hoffman, Ken Yocom (University of Washington-Tacoma): Unveiling Infrastructures
Ramazan Sayan & Nidhi Nagabhatla (UN University Institute for Water, Environment, and Health): An Infrastructure Turn in Water Sharing
Fenna Hoefsloot, Javier Martinez, & Karin Pfeffer (University of Twente): Speculative futures of Lima’s water infrastructure
Cat Button (University of Newcastle): Governing Water Infrastructure from our Homes

THURSDAY, October 1 | 1am - 12pm ET
RESEARCH PANEL 2: Regional Partnerships Under Threat
MODERATOR: Michael Glass; Q&A: Jen Nelles

Whereas regional infrastructures such as sewer lines, water treatment plants, and water transportation technologies (namely locks and dams) were constructed as part of earlier periods of urban and regional development, shifting patterns of demand threaten to diminish the utility of these assets. We need to ascertain how such changing dynamics are influencing (and being influenced by) the existing governance of those infrastructural networks.

Andrew Dick & Sara Hughes (University of Michigan): The Multi-City Growth Machine in Regional Governance Networks—the case of the Karegnondi Water Authority
Dayne Walling (University of Minnesota): Urban Geographies of Fragmentation and Distress: Government Planning, Development, Infrastructure, and Inequality around Deindustrialized US Cities
Sachin Tiwale (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai): Grabbing Water Resources in Urban Agglomeration—The Case of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR)
Grete Gansauer & Julia Haggerty (Montana State University): Regionalizing the Rural through Large-Scale water Infrastructure
Karsten Zimmerman (TU Dortmund): Infrastructure Regionalism as Driver for Metropolitan Governance? The Case of the Ruhr Region in Germany

FRIDAY, October 2 | 11am - 12pm ET
RESEARCH PANEL 3: Emerging Complexities in Regional Water Governance
MODERATOR: JP Addie; Q&A Michael Glass

Health crises, Federal mandates, technological innovation, and exogenous shocks can all disrupt formal and informal governance structures. We seek empirical examples and theoretical advances that can help to conceptualize how city-regions across the Global North and Global South are affected by these complexities, and to seek out best practices whereby specific regions are confronting these complexities.

Mark Usher (University of Manchester): Hydraulic Territory: Internal colonization through urban catchment management in Singapore
Filippo Menga & Michael K. Goodman (University of Reading): The Good Samaritan: Capitalism, Religion and the Political Economy of Care in International Water Charity
Mike Finewood (Pace University), Marissa Matsler, Olivia Pierce, Zenya Lederman, & Ruthann Richards: What does it mean to empower communities? Green infrastructure incentive programs as a form of neoliberal governance
Scott Raulerson, Richard Milligan, & Ellis Adams (Georgia State University): Urban Water and Hydrosocial Inequalities

Wednesday, September 30

11:00 am Cultural Event
Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian Conversation Hour
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies and Global Hub
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Practice your Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian at our weekly conversation hour!

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12:30 pm Information Session
Pitt Global Hub Virtual Drop-In Hours
Sponsored by:
Global Hub
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The Pitt Global Hub is hosting virtual drop-in hours via Zoom every Wednesday from 12:30-1:30PM for students who wish to ask general questions regarding our international area studies and global studies certificates, study abroad, scholarships, clubs and language tables, and more.

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3:30 pm Cultural Event
RICE & ... Series: Rice and Beans--a Continental Classic
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies, Global Hub and UCIS Engagement
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The Pitt Global Hub and the University Center for International Studies Engagement Team present "RICE & ...," a series on staple dishes from around the world shown through an educational and DIY lens.

Rice is nutritious, easy to produce, transport, and prepare, resulting in a nearly worldwide staple. Indeed, rice is the main ingredient, or an important part, of culturally significant dishes and culinary routines around the globe. This series showcases diverse approaches adding locally available ingredients through the filter of cultural traditions and migration to create unique dishes, laden with history, customs, stories and flavor.

In this first edition, the Center for Latin American Studies will perform two parallel, informal cooking demonstrations for all ?Rice and Beans?lovers: one will follow the traditional path to a version of rice and beans (with full kitchen resources), while the other version will be an express version that may be prepared in typical dorm room settings. The culinary orientation will be accompanied by commentary, history and anecdotes about the use of rice in the Americas, the diversity of rice dishes from all over the region, illustrating adaptations related to regional resources, cultural traditions and nutritional needs.

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After registering you will receive the schedule for the event, and a list of ingredients for your convenience? you can choose to cook along with us, or just watch and virtually hang out with us as we unravel what seems like a simple task into many strands, while we have fun (hopefully with edible results)!

4:00 pm Information Session
Global Studies Center - Virtual Office Hours
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center and Global Hub
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Speak with a representative from the Global Studies Center to learn about their certificate offerings, events and programming, and more.

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