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Sensing Water in Mexico City

Water Ways: New Social Science, Science Studies, and Environmental Approaches to Water
Monday, February 14, 2022
12:00-3:00 PM
Sensing Water in Mexico City
Branko Kerkez and Elizabeth F.S. Roberts, University of Michigan

Monday, Feb. 14, The Open Talks will be held noon to 1pm, and the Grad Workshops will be held 1 to 3pm.
In-person in ISR-Thompson 6050
Presentations will also be available online via Zoom

A growing number of the world’s urban households only receive water intermittently. In this paper we describe our multi-disciplinary project, bringing together engineers and ethnographers, that seeks to sense the effects of intermittency in working class neighborhoods in Mexico City. We installed newly engineered water sensors in participant households, allowing us to apprehend previously unseen dynamics, for example that weekly versus daily intermittency has substantial effects on water quality. Through ethnographic data from these same households we found that in regards to the constant labor of managing water, daily versus weekly intermittency also has complex and counterintuitive effects on domestic life. Our ethnographic/engineering collaboration allows us to document complex water phenomena, that we could not have seen on our own, and by sensing how these complex water dynamics produce different household water ways we have more of a sense of what the future might hold.

This is a part of the Research Center for Group Dynamics (RCGD) Winter 2022 Series - "Water Ways: New Social Science, Science Studies, and Environmental Approaches to Water"

This is also a part of the class Anthrcul 558 section 002
Building: Institute For Social Research
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Event Type: Presentation
Tags: Anthropology, Center For Latin American And Caribbean Studies, climate, Environment, Free, Global And Transnational, Health, Humanities, International, Mexico, Political Science, Politics, Psychology, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Sciences, Sociology, sustainable food systems
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Institute for Social Research, Graham Sustainability Institute, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, School for Environment and Sustainability, Department of Anthropology, Civil and Environmental Engineering