Water-Worlds programme at the RGS

Film screening 1.

Wednesday 13.10 to 14.25. Newman building, LTF.

Sea – Gareth Polmeer
AmaRona Lee
Limulus – Karen Kramer
RGS/AC OA formerly Ocean ApocalypseMichael Mulvihill
Dropped in the OceanJess Allen & Bronwyn Preece
Alchemical WatersRuth Le Gear
The Free SeaHanna Husberg & Laura McLean

PIDGE Theatre ‘performance lecture’

Thursday 13.10 – 14.25. Newman building, LTA.

Still or Sparkling? Jess Burford & Sapphire Urwick

Water-Worlds 1: art practices and wet ecologies (session of performative papers & discussion)

Friday 9.00 to 10.40. Queens building LT4.1&2.

Watermeets Minty Donald
Drop in the OceanJess Allen
Underwateredge: Walking the historic shoreline of the Pevensey Levels – Charlotte Still & Clare Whistler
Waterline – Carol Laidler & Pat Jamieson
Wandering Shards – Susan Trangmar

Water-Worlds 2: panel discussion

Friday 11.10 to 12.50. Queens building LT4.1&2.

Bringing together all the threads from the Wet Geographies sessions throughout the week.
Chaired by Prof Phil Steinberg, Durham University.

Film screening 2.

Friday 13.10 to 14.25. Newman building, LTF.

Sea – Gareth Polmeer
Limulus – Karen Kramer
The Captain’s Bird TableRona Lee
RGS/AC OA formerly Ocean ApocalypseMichael Mulvihill
Dropped in the OceanJess Allen & Bronwyn Preece
THEYEmma Critchley
Alchemical WatersRuth Le Gear

Art Exhibition

Throughout the week in the Forum

There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea: Ash Wednesday, 1962 – Lynn Imperatore

Linked sessions exploring watery worlds…

Wet Geographies 1 (Under the Sea: Geographies of the Deep). Wednesday 11.10 to 12.50

Wet Geographies 2 (Water in the Anthropocene)
Session 1 Wednesday 14.40 to 16.20
Session 2 Wednesday 16.50 to 18.30

And if you’d like more watery discussions there’s the discussion forum event & reception:
The Many Faces of Flooding: Policy, Science, and Art
Wednesday 18:45-20:00, Forum Auditorium


A World Without Rivers

A World Without Rivers?

Rivers don’t always flow into the sea, it seems (hydrocitizens)…

“All of the world’s rivers and lakes combined make up less than 3% of the planetary land…Some of the world’s largest rivers – the Colorado and Rio Grande of North America, the Yellow of China, the Brahmaputra and Ganges of Asia – have been drained of their waters, primarily to irrigate farmlands but also to support the growth of cities and industries. These rivers regularly dry completely before reaching the sea. They are joined in their anthropogenic desiccation by thousands of smaller rivers, now gone in whole or in part”

Wet Geographies panels at upcoming RGS meeting

A hitchhiker’s guide to Wet Geographies at the RGS from Phil Steinberg!

There will be a veritable cascade of ‘Wet Geography’ panels at next week’s Royal Geographical Society meeting in Exeter. Over the course of three days, participants will be exploring our watery world from (at least) three different perspectives.

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The many faces of flooding: Policy, science, and art

A public panel debate and exhibition

The many faces of flooding

This panel debate will explore how we can effectively and fairly build resilience to future flood events?

The panel will each provide a unique perspective on the 2013/14 winter floods and comment on UK adaptation to future floods.

To be held during the Royal Geographical Society’s annual conference, but open to all. Please register for this public event through the project’s Eventbrite page (if you are not registered to attend the conference).

Alumni Auditorium, The Forum, University of Exeter Streatham campus. Wednesday 2 September 2015: 18:45 to 20:00

Chaired by Neil Adger, Professor of Human Geography, University of Exeter.


Daniel Johns, Head of Adaptation, Committee on Climate Change
Sarah Curtis, Professor of Health and Risk at Durham University
David Wilkes, Associate Director at Arup UK
Steve Guilbert, Devon Maritime Forum Coordinator at Devon County Council
Nick Haigh, Head of Water and Floods Analysis, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Sarah Diacono, Somerset Rivers Authority, Somerset County Council (tbc)
To find out more about panel members please see the project’s biographies page.


The panel debate will be preceded and followed by an exhibition of work from two artists commissioned to reflect on and respond to research into the 2013/14 winter floods.

A short film by Emma Critchley will be screened as part of the event, and a photographic exhibition by David Mansell-Moullin will be displayed during the drinks reception.

The art work is in response to research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)  Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) led by Dr Catherine Butler.

Please contact the event organisers for more information: Dr Catherine Butler (c.butler@exeter.ac.uk) and Dr Kate Walker-Springett (k.walker-springett@exeter.ac.uk) or visit www.geography.exeter.ac.uk/winterfloods/event/.




Up and running!

I visited the Performance Centre at Falmouth University today to source a stage-light and microphones for PIDGE Theatre’s performance at the RGS conference two weeks today: “Still or Sparkling”.

It was so good to be working with things again, to be doing, after all the months of emailing and project managing. I hadn’t realised just how much I have missed it, how vital actually doing is to my sanity!

So lighting sorted, microphones too – thank you Falmouth’s Chris and Paul.