Art, Science, and the Thirsty World: Call for Papers

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Art, Science, & the Thirsty World

An interdisciplinary dialogue on creative responses to the global water crisis

Call for collaborators

Art Science and the Thirsty World is graduate conference exchange project supported by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), Merton College, Cornell’s Institute for European Studies and the Brettschneider Fund (Cornell University). The first conference will take place on 30 June 2014 at the University of Oxford followed by a second conference at Cornell University in early autumn 2014.

These conferences propose a critical exploration of interdisciplinary practice through collaborative presentations and performances, while facilitating dialogue between researchers and practitioners in the arts, sciences and engineering in order to foster creative, innovative and trans-disciplinary discussions about water scarcity solutions.

Four Oxford graduate students in the sciences/engineering and four in the arts will be paired with graduate student colleagues at Cornell University, creating eight interdisciplinary teams (e.g. an Oxford science or engineering graduate student with a Cornell University arts graduate student and vice versa). Each team will give a collaborative presentation at one of the two conferences, incorporating some component of visual, performance (music, drama, dance, etc.), or literary art.

Please see the CfP for more information about how to apply or email

The deadline for applications for both conferences is FRIDAY 28 MARCH 2014 at NOON

Photo by Jessica Thorn.
Like many parts of the world, many people in the Terai Plains of Nepal spend up to 2-3 hours collecting water for drinking, cooking and washing . This time is taken away from other opportunities for work and education, but also has a valuable role in building social and cultural ties. Access to clean and regular water across different seasons can do much to assist in addressing issues of gender inequality and support healthier communities.

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